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Inspiring Stories from Boulder

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 Boulder’s rising stars below.

Sarah Lynch

I love candy. Always have and always will. While in high school, in a small town just outside of Boston, I worked after school at a high-end chocolate shop that had shipped caramels to Katherine Hepburn in the 1950’s and to the White House during the Truman administration. By 2018, I had moved to Colorado and worked for a variety of businesses, most recently managing a Boulder Yoga studio. It was time for me to take on a new challenge and I just so happened to see a notice on Facebook in November that one of my favorite little shops in Louisville planned to close at the end of the year. Assorted Goods and Candy opened in 2011 and sold a mix of candy and vintage goods. Along with my two kids, I was a frequent customer–coming in for the buttery caramels, fruit gummy candies and truffles that I loved. When I saw the Facebook post, it was late in the evening and I sat bolt upright in bed and shook my husband away and told him: “I’m going to buy Assorted Goods and re-open it!” He sleepily nodded, thinking that I was kidding. Read more>>

Danette Sloniker

In 2014, I had finished my associate’s degree in business and decided to take some time off from school to really figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I knew I didn’t want to pursue my bachelor’s degree as my heart just wasn’t into it. I worked full time as a server/bartender in the meantime and was becoming burnt out. I had started following different jewelry accounts on Instagram and thought, “Hey I could make that” and so I began searching for programs/schools in my area. I found a trade school, which at the time was called Denver School of Metal Arts, and signed up for their Metalsmithing 1 class in January of 2016. The moment I stepped foot into that classroom and held a sawframe and torch I was completely hooked. I have always been an artist. I was that girl in high school that took every art class available because I loved to paint and I loved to be in that creative setting. I even considered going back to school for a fine arts major but the fear of “not making it” as an artist always held me back. When I found this creative outlet in metal and stone, I knew that this was my calling. Read more>>

Patrick Mulcahy

We started Kettle and Spoke back in 2016 with a two guys and small 20-gallon brew pot next to bike shop and a bike bag company. We have double our production since we started and are currently in the process of increasing our product with a larger brewing system. Our focus is on fresh and tasty beers with an out of the way feel and great live music. A lot of our customers state that we are a “hidden gem” and we like it that way. Read more>>

Christa Valdez

I am an Indigenous and Chicanx artist, born and raised in Colorado. I have been a creative being for the entirety of my life and it has been my dream to become a tattoo artist for 6+ years. Tattoo apprenticeships are very difficult to come by, and the opportunity is very rare. I begun my first apprenticeship in 2017 and unfortunately had a negative experience that included sexual harassment, racism, psychological abuse, and inhumane working conditions. As a young, optimistic individual who saw these circumstances as “the only way to make it in the industry”, I was exploited, abused, and taken advantage of. I do, however, owe gratitude to several artists at this shop who secretly taught me many things about becoming a good tattoo artist, despite strict orders not to do so. After a year of servitude with some weeks working 70 hours tirelessly for no pay and no fair trade for learning the art of tattooing. Read more>>

Michael Moss

My first career was in the Hotel and Restaurant industry which spanned waiting tables to running restaurants and catering companies. In 2007, I was lucky to spend nine months working in California, with easy, direct access to some of the freshest produce in the country. Upon returning home to Steamboat, CO I saw the sad state of fresh produce in the mountain towns with fresh eyes. My aha moment occurred on a chairlift during the ski season; I was determined to improve access to fresh food access to our mountain communities. I built partnerships with Front Range and Western Slope farmers to ferry their fresh produce up to the mountains. After three years, I felt drawn to get closer to the magic happening in the fields. And thus, the huge learning curve of being a farmer began. Read more>>

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