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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.

Kevlyn Walsh

Festive Gal makes unique, sparkly, and fun party supplies designed in our “Sparkle Studio” in Denver, CO. We are woman-owned and inspired by bright colors, confetti, and most importantly — glitter. We strive to create high-quality products with super cute designs that you won’t find anywhere else. I was a High School Art Teacher in Denver, CO and also worked as a restaurant hostess to help pay the bills and student loans. To stay creatively inspired, I started “Festive Gal” as a side passion project. In February 2019, the Denver Teacher’s Union went on strike asking for a raise for Public School Teachers. I realized that I was getting burned out being an over-worked/underpaid teacher by day and a restaurant hostess by night — all on top of managing Festive Gal. Read more>>

Margo Wanberg

When I, Margo, became a beekeeper shortly after college, I threw myself into the hobby. The whole shabam… bee clubs, bee events, lessons, multiple hives, and books upon books. I put one hive in my sister-in-law, Carolyn’s back yard and the other in my sister-in-law, Kait’s backyard. When it came time to harvest, I could hardly wait to see the liquid gold honey come out from my frames. I made an appointment at the local bee store to spin my honey in their extractor. Read more>>

Larry Davis

After growing up in an alcoholic home the word DRUNK became a daily word/term in our household. After me picking up the bottle and making many blunders on my own throughout the years, DRUNK was still a word I heard often, if not every day. After my father passed from liver failure, the word was still there and I started noticing that the word carried a heavy dark cloud over it. I sought after to change the meaning behind the word to have a positive light. As most words in the dictionary, they have one or more meaning to them, but the secondary or third meaning often gets looked over. Long behold, I did not have to change the meaning behind the word DRUNK. When I looked it up, the word DRUNK had two meanings. The 2nd meaning that the world looks over or doesn’t mention much. Is “Overcome or dominated by a strong feeling or emotion”. Read more>>

Joanna Van Gieson

I’ve always thought it’s important to be a voice for the voiceless, to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves. It started in 2009 when my husband Scott and I traveled to China to adopt our daughter Laila. She was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate which is shunned in the Chinese culture. We brought her home where she’s had numerous surgeries to repair this birth defect and years of intense speech therapy to become the happy, smart and beautiful young lady she is today. Shortly after coming home from China, I was diagnosed with cancer. I didn’t want my daughter to lose another mom so I forged headfirst into surgeries and treatments, recently celebrating my 11 years cancer-free anniversary. Read more>>

Siri Tan

I moved to Denver from Thailand in 2014 and noticed there wasn’t any Burmese food in the Denver area. When I visited my uncle in San Fransisco, we went to Burma Superstar and became inspired that people would line up out in the street for Burmese food! I grew up in Burma and missed food from home and wanted to introduce it to my friends and neighbors here so I started Urban Burma. Read more>>

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