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Inspiring Stories from Westminster & Thornton

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 Westminster & Thornton’s rising stars below.

Virginia Schetter

Animals have been a part of my everyday since I can remember. I’ve always had pets (dogs, cats, small critters, fish, you name it!) growing up and about halfway through college, I couldn’t help but start my own little fur family. I currently own three dogs and two kitties; they are my world. My lifelong goal was to become a veterinarian because I wanted to “save the animals”. I spent many busy years working towards that goal by shadowing different vets, volunteering at farms, fostering, dipping my toes into the dog training world and working for a Humane Society as an adoption counselor, caretaker, and a go-to resource for behavioral questions for fellow pet owners. When moving to Colorado, my path evolved. Read more>>

Christine Wisdom

While I was pregnant with my little girl Raelynn, I of course, went into crazy nursing mode and started buying more clothes and bows than was necessary. I started out with the bigger companies and then got more into the small shops. Ordering from these larger companies the delivery time took a lot longer, so I asked myself, “I wonder if I can start making my own bows?” One day I randomly went to Hobby Lobby and bought some fabric and cutting utensils. I started to cut the fabric and mess around with different ways of tying bows until I made the perfect bow! I originally only made them for Raelynn and then thought, hmmm I wonder if other’s would like these as well. I gave some to my friend’s babies to try on and see if they liked them and then next thing I know, they started to share my information on social media. Read more>>

Zach Wurth and Brynn Lay

We met each other on their orientation day of graduate school together at Palmer College. We began dating early on in school and began to make plans to open a clinic together. We were fortunate to have internships at Ault Chiropractic in Hudson, OH their last trimester of school to observe more patient care and learn more about owning and managing a chiropractic clinic. We visited Erie in the Spring of 2019 and immediately fell in love with its small-town charm. After visits to Rose Cafe, Charmed 33 Boutique and Cristo’s Coffee (we love you too, FoxDog!), we knew this place could eventually become our home! Read more>>

Laureen (Reen) Axtell

I studied art and graphic design at Colorado State University and worked as a Graphic Designer, Art Director and Creative Director for 35+ years. Working in graphic design fine-tuned my ability to solve creative problems, study color relationships, and frame images in an unexpected way. In 2015, I left corporate design and advertising to devote myself to fine art photography. In 2018, I opened Brilliant Blue Studios to share my Colorado-inspired photography. Read more>>

Jodi Mowery

We have dreamt of having a community coffee shop for years. Once our youngest went off to college – we knew it was time to make it happen. We’d had a lot of different business ideas (fudge, candy, cookies, brownies) but landed on doughnuts as the universal love. People love doughnuts and love trying new doughnuts. I became obsessed with the artisan doughnut craze happening across the country. That obsession led me online to Portland Maine and Leigh Kellis of The Holy Donut. Inspired by a 1930’s recipe, potato doughnuts are delicious in a whole new way. They’re not a cake doughnut – nor a raised doughnut. They’re kind of in between with a great texture and longer shelf life than your average fried circles. Read more>>

Amy Rodriguez

I graduated in 2015 from Front Range Community College with an associate’s degree in nursing and have worked as a hospice nurse for the last five years. I have so much passion and love for my career path and believe in the importance of providing excellent end of life care to those in our community. While this work has a lot of joy, it also comes with a high emotional and mental toll. I realized that it was imperative for me to find ways to release and rejuvenate during my days off of work. It was during this search that I stumbled upon candle making and it immediately became a fun and creative outlet. The more candles I made and the more I perfected the art, the more I thought about turning this hobby into a side hustle. Read more>>

Casey Grothus

It all started in a small office above a Starbucks on Pearl Street in Boulder. In that office that perpetually smelled of coffee, there was a small start-up company called @Last Software that had created a computer program called SketchUp. SketchUp is a 3D design program. It was created with architects in mind and put an emphasis on fast and intuitive functionality that would allow architects to come up with numerous different concepts for buildings very quickly. It was well received by the architecture community and became a success for the developers at @Last Software. They even started getting letters and emails from people that loved the software. Read more>>

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