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Inspiring Stories from Englewood

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 Englewood’s rising stars below.

Rhiannon McVey

My story doesn’t begin with a passion for entreprenuership or marketing like other business owners probably have experienced. I didn’t realize how much I loved the digital space until I was in college getting a completely different degree. My introduction to social media began in my small, studio apartment my freshman year of college. I was missing home, feeling alone, and needed a way to connect with my community while also being creative. I decided to start a blog where I wrote about my thoughts, shared things I was learning about being on my own, and occasionally documenting my outfits and posting them online. As time went on, that blog turned into a lifestyle brand called “Peace and Blessings”, and I still use that phrase often when I’m saying goodbye to my close friends. A small blog turned into social media platforms, a YouTube channel, and a love for all things social. I was obsessed with creating graphics, learning how to get my posts in front of more eyes, and exploring my web design capabilities. As college came to a close, I had helped many others start their own websites and answer social media questions while also “influencing” my followers and peers on whatever felt relevant for me to post that day. Read more>>

Amy Lerch

I graduated from an Aveda cosmetology school with a desire to use my creativity to transform hair. I studied under a master stylist and started building a client base. Continuing to build after several years my mentor and I opened our first salon near Cherry Creek. Together we grew our salon over many years to over 40 employees. 14 years later it was time for me to venture out on my own. In 2017, Peace. Love. Hair became a reality, an 8 chair salon to develop and inspire stylists in a luxury boutique space. I have trained extensively with many brands: Kerastase, Oribe, Bellami Hair, Hair talk, Brazillian Blow-Out, UNITE, Kevin Murphy, TIGI, Masters of Balayage. Read more>>

Janiece Lopez

I have always had a thing for skin and picking pimples. It was when I was in a dark place in my life where I’d sleep all day watching YouTube videos of pimple popping videos and waxers pulling out ingrown. I became fascinated with the thought of actually being able to make a career out of people letting me pull hair and dead skin out of a pore for them. I began looking up the “title” of someone who would actually do that professionally. Dermatologist was the first on the list and I became intrigued but soon realized that it would cost lots of money to go to school and for many years. I then somehow came across an Esthetician. Those are basically the nurse to a doctor, right? I looked up how to become licensed and signed up for school; I was enrolled for March of 2020. I went to school for two days and COVID-19 shut down everything! I became angry, questioning how something I had sought out for felt like it wouldn’t be able to become true. I began to rethink everything, as everyone else was too. The school wasn’t communicating either, but finally, after two weeks, I decided to stay enrolled and learn virtually. Read more>>

Jeremy Osborne

Tired of working a normal 9-5 job, I decided I needed to do something better. I wanted to be my own boss and make something out of myself. I sat down with a friend and, over beers said, let’s start a Grilled Cheese food truck. Within six months, it was done. We started in April of 2018 working farmers’ markets and slowly incorporating events and functions into our rotation. Pretty soon, I had roped my best friend (now girlfriend) into us both quitting our full-time jobs and running this thing full time. We very quickly became popular and made a name for ourselves, supplying exquisite cuisine at a very reasonable price. We continued to gain followers and larger events until we were able to buy out our original partner and upgrade to a much larger truck and trailer. We continue to grow everyday. Even through the pandemic we managed to survive and thrive. An extreme amount of work and dedication is the reason we have made it as far as we have. Read more>>

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