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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.

Kayla Fujinaka

Two things that speak to my heart are great communication and a good cup of coffee. My love for both are deeply rooted in the Pacific Northwest, where I grew up. And yes! Since I know you’re going to ask – I was a barista. It’s a rite of passage when you grow up in the greater Seattle area. At the time, my father was a small business owner. From a young age, I have had a deep appreciation for the hard work entrepreneurs are up against. Read more>>

Jared Brady

At eight years old, I thought blocking hockey pucks as a young goalie was “livin’ the dream.” That was until… I discovered painting. Early on, I doodled on scraps of paper. Then, I designed logos. Later, I used acrylics on canvas to paint gifts for my mom. She realized I had an aptitude for creating beautiful things and she encouraged my creativity. I entered my first art show when I was 15. It was held at our public library for all high schoolers. Read more>>

 Amanda Sharp Archibald

I graduated from college in 1995 with a degree in Commercial Art and immediately got hired by Dex Yellow pages, eventually in the graphic artist position. I also did photography for them and many clients outside my full-time job. All of our jobs were moved from our office and I decided to go on my own with Sharp Designs. I haven’t looked back since. Read more>>

Beth Fosth

I am originally from Florida, specifically Brevard County. That is where I obtained my first esthetics license toward the end of 2006. At the time, I was not sure what I wanted to do with my life, but I really fell in love with skin and helping people along their skin journey. The local economy was beginning to decline and I was not able to find a position at any of the local spas. I decided to go back to college. Read more>>

Bobby Jackson

I was born & raised in the Green Mountain Falls/Cascade area until we moved to Manitou Springs when I was 12 years old. I attended Manitou School District 14 from 1st grade to 12th. My initial experiences with food were based around my grandfather, Joe Traficanti, who was an Italian Chef. I began cleaning & serving at the Santa’s Workshop Ice Cream Parlor (Carousel Cafe) when I was 13 (1996) and progressed to grill cook when I was 16. Read more>>

Judy Kochevar

After a shortened corporate career that took me all over the U.S. (MBA at Arizona State), due to illness, I was back home in Pueblo, Colorado, doing some business consulting and volunteering time with SCORE helping small businesses. One afternoon my cousin’s husband, Richard Cortese, came through the door of my parents’ home pushing a hand truck. (some people also refer to it as a dolly). Read more>>

Brianna Gordon

My name is Brianna and I am your lead designer and the working hands behind Kae Floral Co. My husband Justin and I met in Seattle, WA and we now reside in Colorado Springs, CO with our beautiful daughter Claire and our border-Aussie Samson! My love for flowers began at an early age. I remember my siblings and I spent the majority of our time outside playing in the dirt, making mud pies, “cooking” leaf soup, exploring the different sights & smells. Read more>>

Rachel Langley

I did my best to avoid being a doctor. All the advice I got in college was that being a physician would be miserable – that doctors don’t get paid enough for all the training and difficulty they face. To avoid medical school, I taught middle school math and science for two years, but even though I enjoyed my students immensely, I still heard the calling. Read more>>

Tyler Hill

I moved to Colorado Springs in 2009 to study leadership and film theory at The University of Colorado. Upon graduating, I was asked to help open a speciality coffee shop and cocktail bar in a refurbished school building built-in 1916. We called it The Principal’s Office and it was where I fell in love with the hospitality industry. There was something about making tasty drinks and creating meaningful experiences for guests that made me come alive. Read more>>

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