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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.

Jared and Kendra Lerwick

My wife, Kendra, and I never dreamed we would be selling high-end beef cuts. She is a NICU nurse with an intense drive for discovery and I am sales and marketing professional with a degree in Landscape Design. Design and creativity was my life before the housing market crash eliminated my industry for a few years. I needed employment so I took a job selling marketing solutions at a tech startup. Read more>>

Nolan Brumbach

The seed for The Crooked Rugs was planted long before the band started playing gigs. Back in 2015, Nolan Brumbach met Jayce Haley and Rex Stowers while attending Colorado State University, and it wasn’t until 2016 that the three started playing music together. The early days were full of acoustic jams between the three, daydreaming to each other. One day we will be in a band. The three jammed through college in practice spaces and basement just to have fun and pass the time. Read more>>

Joshua Brady

Having been here so long now, I consider myself a local. I graduated from the University of Wyoming (in Laramie) with concurrent degrees in Art and Art Education. I made my way back to Cheyenne and began my career here as an Art teacher. For quite a few years after graduating, I was more-or-less afraid to sit down and make Art. I felt I had lost my ideas and I didn’t really have a social circle around me that was developing their own Art compounded with what I perceived as a lack of an “art scene” in Cheyenne. Read more>>

Rolos Rios

Around December 2011 I had completed my electrical apprenticeship in Darby Mt. Upon looking for a job in Colorado, I was offered a room for rent in Ft Collins with a good friend of mine whom I grew up within Colorado Springs. Not having any strict plans of my own, I decided to join him and pursue my electrical career there because it was a fresh start without being too far from home. Read more>>

Kimberly Siegel

I am originally from Los Angeles, California. Growing up in L.A., I was exposed to so much amazing fashion, however, my heart always led me to the vast array of vintage clothing stores on Melrose Avenue. I loved all the bright colors and unique styles from the 60’s and 70’s. I loved mixing vintage pieces with contemporary pieces to create looks that were unique and my own. Read more>>

Riley “Rooster” Breitenbach

My musical career started a little later than most, I started playing the bass senior year of high school after blowing out my knee playing football. I had always been a sports guy my whole life, and after knowing I would have to miss the basketball, rugby and hunting season, I was blue balled. My good friends Tyler, Kevin and Will back in Wisconsin were great musicians and they would always jam when we would hang. Knowing I needed a new outlet for my energy and creativity. Read more>>

Gigi Deal

Orphaned early in life, I went to live my Depression Era grandparents as a very young girl and learned to live as frugally as they did. The waste-not, want-not mindset ran deep in the tribe of gypsies, nomads, and eccentrics, I called kin and adopting that into my ethos so early in life definitely shaped who I am today. Things were often handmade instead of being purchased and always preferred. Read more>>

Mark Creery

I started as photographers often do with a camera in hand as I traveled. I grew up in Victoria, Canada, and I was lucky enough to go to Europe every few years to visit my extended family. The new landscapes and architecture inspired me. I inherited my mother’s DSLR film camera body and lenses in my early 20’s. As a competitive runner at the time, I took photos of my friends competing in races. Then I did my first wedding for a friend for free in 2003. Read more>>

Miles Mercer and Nick Perich

Miles Mercer and Nick Perich formed King Crawdad in 2005. We have developed a strong musical bond and our chemistry has evolved and grown stronger in each of the 15 years we have played together. King Crawdad instills emotion, sincerity, and feeling into our unique blend of garage rock, punk rock, and alternative rock that energizes listeners. Read more>>

Nicole Jimenez

My love for creating beautiful hair started at a young age. When I was about 11 years old, I received a manikin head and I practiced braiding on it all of the time! I was always into coloring my own hair as a teenager and my friend’s hair, which is hilarious to me now! Simply because as a professional, I can honestly say I had no idea what I was doing and didn’t realize how badly their hair could’ve turned out. Read more>>

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