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Inspiring Stories from Aurora

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 Aurora’s rising stars below.

Tina Brown

When Brown’s Fashions opened for business approximately 15 years ago, we began as a traveling Fashion Show providing clothing onsite for those that could not travel to brick and mortar stores. We also provided clothing for organizations having fashion shows allowing attendees to purchase clothing from our inventory. We were one of a few small businesses providing access to affordably priced clothing at that time. One of our specialties then was to go to Senior Housing locations do a fashion show and allow the residents to shop on the house so they didn’t have to travel outside of their home location. We decided to open up an online store in 2018. This allows our customers around the country to experience purchasing clothing and accessories the Browns Fashions Way. Look nice without paying a hefty price!. Read more>>

Dr. Anne Keke

I am a Native of Cote D’Ivoire, now a US Citizen living in Aurora, Colorado since 2001 with my family. My first language is French. I did all of my elementary, middle, and high school in Ivory Coast under the French education system. My father is an architect by trade, and my mother is a nurse. My parents instilled in me the value of resiliency, persistence, and education. My mother, especially believed that education is one way to beat poverty, and quite frankly I am now a firm believer of that as well. I am the second child of a family of five children. Our youngest sibling lives in Rimouski, Quebec, Canada (the French part of the country), where he is finishing is studies in Human Services. I am a single mother of a 12 years old who is in 7th grade currently in the Aurora Public Schools district. My daughter keeps me on my toes, she is my biggest critic and also my biggest cheerleader. I currently work in education at Colorado Early Colleges, where I teach Career Technical Education, and also at the Community College of Denver where I teach criminal justice as an Adjunct instructor in the Department of Public Affairs. Read more>>

Tuneishia Harris

I started out fearful to step into my destiny. I lived my life under the vision of others and never stepped out on faith to be who I was destined to be. I fell into the societal norms of going to school, getting good grades, getting a good job so that I could have a possible 401K, and be able to retire at the mature age of 65 or higher. I followed this vision for so many years but wasn’t fulfilled. I had a breakthrough moment in 2009 when I became a bail bondswoman and started my own business. I was still working in the corporate setting but was laid off in 2010. This was the beginning of me tasting entrepreneurship and freedom. I loved it because it got me out of my comfort zone of being shy. I had to talk to people outside of my immediate family and friends. This was the beginning of learning how to build relationships. I loved helping people in the most unfortunate situations and actually, I learned not to judge someone based on assumptions. Read more>>

Madhavi Tandon

Maia Foods is a small cottage food business in Denver, USA.  I started by making ghee from organic butter in pretty glass jars and giving them as gifts to friends who loved cooking Indian food. Soon they wanted more and offered to buy for their friends and families. This was the launch of Maia Foods as a small home-based business. In the first year of Maia Foods, I set up a small table at farmers and holiday markets and the response was encouraging. Selling at these markets allowed me to interact directly with customers and explain the process of making ghee, its healing properties, and its ancient origins. These interactions were very informative for me and I could slowly add more products based on customer interest. Read more>>

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