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Rising Stars of Arvada

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 Arvada’s rising stars below.

Amy Tavalozzi

I started my journey, but first wanting accountability for my self and it took off from there! I’ve always been a fitness enthusiast and have loved working out since I was able to start step aerobics back in the day! Once I started to stay consistent, I was able to learn MORE about the nutrition aspect and how important this key is to longevity and overall health. I decided to get certified as a nutritional therapist and teach others the beauty of nutrition and fitness paired together. I have loved helping others achieve big or small weight loss goals and also to work on mindset! Mindset is another key component to health and wellness. I love what I do!. Read more>>

Melissa Kohout

We met back in 2014 while working at a Los Angeles arts organization where we shared a love of all things handmade; shopping, eating, and buying. In 2015, we started our own company called Jackalope Arts, whose mission is to create a unique curated shopping experience featuring the top trendsetting makers & designers of local goods. This merged our love to support the handmade community and background in event production. These pop-up events are hosted throughout the year in both California and Colorado- our respective home states. At the beginning of 2020, in what would have been our sixth fair season, Covid-19 happened and quickly shut down businesses and issued stay-at-home orders across the world. Since in-person events could not happen, we began to think about what else could be done to help the local community and small businesses everywhere. Local Undercover was born. Read more>>

Nurefsan Gokalp Gurkaynak

I am originally from Turkey, and I moved to Colorado in 2017. After moving here, I worked for a company as a chemical engineer for almost two years until 2019. From 2019 to 2020, I have been looking for a new job which gave me some time to explore Colorado. I love photography, and Colorado has great places to see and take photos. I have started traveling to take photos which open up the doors for a new business opportunity. I have been digitally selling all my photos for almost two years now on Etsy. Photography was my hobby before this business. Although it is my side job, for now, I am trying to improve myself by online classes to be a better photographer. Recently, digital sign designs are added as new items to my shop. The idea of adding a couple of digital signs to my shop was just to have a broader product diversity, but then customers really liked the designs, and now I am making more new designs to add more digital products. Read more>>

Patrick Hampton

Aloha, my name is Patrick “pH” Hampton. I’m an artist who specializes in creative writing (screenwriting, poetry, and song), production, and performance with a heavy camera operator/ music photographer background. As well as the son of a psychic and co-owner of an entertainment company. New to Colorado via Vancouver, CA, I moved here via the pandemic and to be closer to my immediate family. Just getting a call to interview Joby Weeks for a new documentary this last week. I’m one of those traveling personalities in the culture that locals don’t know how to take but have an impact on because of the truth of practice and associations. I literally went from Production Assistant to Model/ Talent Coordinator/ Executive Assistant on my first TV Show set, ever. Blessed by training and considerations from icons in their field like, Kim Fowley, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, and Bad Azz of Tha Dogg Pound (RIP) of whom all asked me to continue to use their name along my journey. I’ve been blessed to of been taught music production personally by Hip-Hop Legend Artist/ Producer Blaqthoven. Read more>>

Michael Ford

I started martial arts when I was a kid, and it was something I excelled at. It took me all over the world as a member of the United States National team. In 2011 I got into personal training, and became a kickboxing instructor shortly after. A few things I noticed was that people really enjoyed kickboxing for fitness, and they were seeing results as well as sticking around a lot longer than regular personal training clients. I quickly fell in love with my job and started to learn as much as I could about kickboxing, boxing, and other striking martial arts. It was my goal to be the best at what I was doing. In 2019 I was presented with an opportunity to open my own gym, and that was something I had always wanted to do ever since I got into the industry. I combined everything I knew about martial arts and opened up Surge Kickboxing, where we offer cardio kickboxing workouts, boxing and kickboxing private lessons, and youth martial arts. Read more>>

Brooke Ballantyne

It all started when my mom would bring me along shopping for the newest and latest trends in decor and design. She was always redecorating and doing projects around the house, I was always her side kick making suggestions as an 8 year old just wanting to be apart of all the fun. As a got older between the ages 12 to 18 the obsession for interior design grew. I often woke my parents up late at night moving my bedroom around or doing a new DIY project. I think every birthday I changed the style of my room. I had a system, come up with what colors I wanted, what style, draw up a plan and then execute the design. After years of designing and decorating for free for friends and family I decided to launch Olive Avenue Interiors. Ive never been happier. I am welcomed into peoples homes and get to learn about their creative style, and get to help them elevate and transform their space into something out of a magazine. Read more>>

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