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Inspiring Stories from Longmont

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 Longmont’s rising stars below.

Janna Marmon

I’ve always been the creative type. Growing up, I was that kid that customized their school planner, made belts out of duct tape, and doodled during classes. I discovered graphic design in high school and knew right away that was creative path I wanted to take. After spending 2 years in the Visual Communications program in high school and 4 years in the Graphic Design program at The College of Saint Rose, I was ready to make my mark in the design world.  I first got my feet wet through an internship in Austin, TX at the branding & packaging agency, Ptarmak. From there, life led me to Colorado, where I gained a design position at Interact, also a branding & packaging agency, located in Boulder. Both Ptarmak and Interact specialize in the food & beverage industry, which quickly became my world. I was fascinated by the stories of the passionate entrepreneurs that we partnered with as we helped to establish their brands’ visual identities both on store shelves and off.  Read more>>

Stacey Slupik

In 2014, we bought a fixer-upper with a couple of acres of land with the dream of slowing down the pace of our lives and really focusing on the time we have together as a family. We’ve been working almost non-stop for the past seven years to turn our home into a place we really love, a place where we can raise our children, create lasting memories, and surround ourselves with friends and family. We want our home to be a place where our kids can ‘be kids,’ the old-fashioned way, running barefoot outside, climbing trees, getting their hands in the dirt, sitting by the fire under the stars. A couple of years ago, my husband bought me Floret’s “Cut Flower Garden” book as a gift, and when I started following her on social media, I felt an instant connection. I had been home caring for my kids and our home for almost 15 years and had the urge to do something more for myself, something that would allow me to tap into my creative-artistic side and really challenge myself. Read more>>

D.J. Riemer

I’ve been in the beverage industry, specifically restaurants, for 20 years. I began making some of my own cocktail ingredients behind the bar because I couldn’t find the quality I was looking for. A number of people commented that they’d love to see some of my stuff available for purchase.  In response, I started Grove Street Alchemy to curate a collection of higher quality, local cocktail ingredients. I thought I could make some things better, and people responded! I started this project with bartending tip money and it continues to be self-funded. I have an amazing group of people close to me, willing to help, and a diehard group of supporters for Grove Street’s products. We are now in nearly 200 locations across Colorado from cantinas, to hotels, to liquor stores and event spaces. I owe much of its success to my infinitely patient partner, Allison, my friends, and the many amazing service industry folk who support Grove Street (a little good fortune was in there too.).  Read more>>

Hung Tran

I write month message to my Tran’s Tribe community and here is one of them.  Be Someone No One Thought You Could Be  This December, Tran’s Martial Arts Longmont celebrates 27 years of teaching martial arts and serving our Longmont community. I never thought I would be in the place I am today. I am blessed and grateful for all that God has given me.  Culture tells us to spend an entire year saving for a week to escape from our life, we call it a “vacation”. Vacations are meant to be new and fun but they certainly aren’t meant to be better than normal life.  It isn’t about the 50 vacations you’ll take on this planet, but the 25,000 days between them. Why live a life that you need vacations from?  Stop living for the weekends. Stop living for vacations. Go find what it is you enjoy, find what you’re good at, and then go live there.  Read more>>

Renata Hromadkova

We started our company for a cause, using our business as a force for good. Tree Sky was developed by environmental artists Renata Hromadkova and arborist Vit Kohoutek in 2017 in Boulder, Colorado. We are a small, local, family-owned business that would like to inspire others. Our mission is to make socially and environmentally responsible products of high quality strictly using only locally sourced urban wood from hazardous trees. We would also like to educate the public, use the knowledge about the urban forests to save the old-growth. Tree Sky was born from our desire to create and our passion for the trees. Reflects our deep love for nature and also speaks out of respect for the planet. We claim “every piece of wood matters.” Every branch, twig, and tree base is carefully chosen and hand-processed. Read more>>

Jamie Chihuan

I was born and raised in Longmont, Colorado to immigrant parents. My mother is from Mexico and my father is Peruvian. I grew up loving a wide variety of subjects including science and history. Towards the end of high school, I didn’t see myself doing those things as a career so I started focusing on drawing. The previous year I failed my art class. It was the only class I have ever failed thought my entire school career. This pushed me to create art all the time even if someone didn’t like it. I started painting and daring heavily back in 2018 and have been doing it daily ever since. I currently am in school at the University of Colorado Boulder studying advertising. I also love to do photography on the side and play a round of golf here and there. Read more>>

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