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Inspiring Stories from Fort Collins

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 Fort Collins’ rising stars below.

Rachel Pastor

At the age of 15, I became a heroin addict. I was searching for joy, for happiness, for the light I saw in everyone else. I ended up finding it in drugs. My addiction led me to homelessness and huge losses. I hit my rock bottom at the age of 20 when my boyfriend passed away. I packed what I had left in a backpack, sold the car I slept in for a ticket to Hawaii and left Colorado. Read more>>

Rhema Peterson and Andrea Lebeau

We like to make sure people know; we aren’t professionals, we’re just bored housewives. We are both mom’s of littles, Andrea has three kids including twin boys, and Rhema has two girls. We are also both business owners. We started our True Crime Podcast because of an interest in missing person cases and true crime facts. We would discuss theories of who could have murdered Jon Benet Ramsey or what could have happened to Madeleine McCann. Read more>>

Kim and Lou Anne Yee

Kim Yee started martial arts at age 13, back when there were mostly no kids taking karate in the US. It was the first athletic activity he did that he found he “didn’t suck at.” Even though it was taught in a militaristic and rote fashion, he loved karate from day one. The adults alternated from beating on him to watching out for him. It gave him pride in his Asian heritage, doing something related to the culture of his birth. Read more>>

Nicole Zentveld

I started the business out of the shear necessity to create. I never went to college, after high school it was too hard to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up so I sang in a few a blues bands, dabbled a little as a waitress and worked retail for 15 or so years. Read more>>

Christopher Schooley

Recognizing that true craft and artisanship is defined by having truly special ingredients and raw materials, Steve Clark and myself started Troubadour Maltings in 2014 in order to be a conduit between Colorado cereal grain farmers and craft brewers and distillers. Our mission is to work with breeders and growers to identify varieties of barley. Read more>>

Doris Meeker

As Doris Meeker reflected over her lifetime as an Eatonite, she decided it was time to give a little love to the town that had loved her for so many years. For years, Doris had dreamed of baking for people, but in 2018 she decided to move towards making that dream a reality. Because of her 22 years serving others as the Director of Women’s Ministries at the Evangelical Free Church of Eaton, she knew she wanted her vision to include loving on and serving her community. Read more>>

Nick Luna

My grandfather worked at Eastman Kodak in Windsor up until about ten years ago and I would say he was the biggest influence on me getting into Photography. He sold me my first digital SLR camera in 2015, the camera at that point was already 11 years old. I started out doing landscape and city scape Photography before I moved into portrait Photography in 2017. Read more>>

Courtney Cyr

I think my love for event planning started when I was young. My mom would host an annual Christmas party at our house and her party ideas always started simple and I was always adding details and decorations to make every year a little bit better than the one before. After graduating from college, I worked in the marketing department of a company called car2go in Denver. Read more>>

Jamaine Batson

I’ve wanted to do my own proverbial “thing.” I’ve had hundreds of ideas over the decades, most of which were terrible at best. My long-suffering wife can attest to that. I’ve tried out a few things, some of which worked, some of which didn’t, but always on a small scale – think Farmer’s Market business model (which I’ve done and basically loathe). Read more>>

Nicole De Haven-Malik

I was just starting out in the world of digital photography and a friend asked me to shoot boudoir for her. I agreed without really knowing much about it and actually didn’t like the photos. They were exactly what everyone else was doing at the time: renting a hotel room, scheduling gals, and doing back to back boudoir that were sexier and more for a fella than for the client herself. Read more>>

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