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Rising Stars of Centennial

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 Centennial’s rising stars below.

Chad Vasquez

I have been involved with music pretty much all my life in one form or another. It was around high school between 2005-2009 that electronic music started to become something I really enjoyed above all genres of music. Back then, everyone just called what is broadly known as “EDM” today “Techno” music. I really wanted to dive deep into understanding how music worked, the theory behind invoking certain emotions using music. In grade school, I had participated in band so heading into college at Ohio University, I studied music theory pretty extensively and got a minor in music. EDM had really only just started to become more mainstream while is was in college and I attended my first show with DJs as the main acts in 2010. As a performer, once I saw and felt the energy from being a part of a crowd like that, I imagined what it would feel like to be up there on a stage playing music I love to a crowd that would appreciate it. For the first time, I really felt like I could be honest about the music I was super into with others who “got it” so to speak.  Read more>>

Allison Sliwinski

I started taking yoga regularly about 6 years ago at a corporate yoga studio and after one of my favorite teachers approached me about teaching, I decided to give it a shot. I went through their teacher training program, and after about 12 weeks, I started teaching HOT and HOT style yoga classes (I was later certified through the same company to teach vinyasa). For the next 4 years, I lived at the studio. I was teaching anywhere from 2 to 5 classes a week and was taking classes as well in my free time. The pandemic of 2020 hit, and without warning, all of the teachers were fired. I was hurt, and after some evaluation, I realized I was burned out and needed a break. After about a year of not teaching, I decided to start teaching my own online classes. I started working with a mentor and she helped me get started with creating my own business and figuring out what I wanted to do. My online yoga business is still a work in progress, but I continue to work at it so that I can be a successful yoga teacher. I love yoga, both teaching, and practicing and it’s something I am super passionate. I love sharing it with other people and being able to reach others through physical activity.  Read more>>

Brittney Smith

I started Colorado Gowns to give others the opportunity to wear gorgeous long flowing gowns that are not normally found in your everyday closet. I want other women to feel empowered and beautiful in my gowns. Dress up does not have to end just because we grow up and become adults. Having the opportunity to see so many others work through photography and modeling of these gowns has been the best part for me. I have been able to get to where I am today through every single follower and person who has supported me, primarily through the Colorado Gowns Instagram account. I owe them all of it. We are always adding more gowns to the collection of rentals and often times put it to a poll on the Instagram account to determine which gown is next. Every day is a new adventure and I am so excited for what the future continues to bring for my little business.  Read more>>

Molly DeVries

I believe it was meant to be, call it manifesting your life, devine intervention, or Serendipity. I was working in infertility as a Nurse for many years. After being burnt out and working long hours I was looking to get into something more creative and less hours. I had many long talks at night with my husband about what I would want to do next. I always said Aesthetics would be my passion because I have always been artistic and wanting to create, but I loved science too and helping people. I went in for Botox very tired being a busy Mom and the injector asked if I had ever wanted to become an injector and she was looking for nurse and was hiring. She hired me on the spot. I worked there for a few years gaining experience, but after not being paid what I was worth, I was forced to go out on my own. It was scary but it was time to take the leap.  Read more>>

Avie Rosacci

Happy Jack Spice started with the passion of great food and cooking by two people coming together through the dating app, e-harmony. Myself as “A Butchers Daughter” and my late husband Rob as an amazing “Home Chef & Grillmaster / Pitboss”. My dad worked his whole life in the meat industry and always wanted to own his own meat market. In 1978, that dream came true, and the first Tony’s Meats & Market was born in Centennial. I graduated from high school that year, and with no interest in going to college, I jumped into the family business and was the 4th employee. At this time, there are 3 markets in the south metro Denver region.  Over the years I ran many departments, from head baker to foodservice director. In the last years of my time there, I oversaw the nutrition program at The Denver Broncos for 11 years while at the same time producing (with my amazing team) 3-5 weddings and events each and every weekend during wedding season. A lot of food was loaded onto trucks and sent all over the Denver Metro Area and beyond. I was very proud of the quality of our events and the team of incredibly hard-working people. Many have become close friends over the years.  Read more>>

Sarah Koslosky

I have always had a love of baking, for as long as I can remember. I would bake for family get-togethers, holidays, or friends’ parties, and the feedback I would get was so positive and complimentary. I have been told for years, that I should open up my own bakery. And when Covid hit, I began doing my research on other home bakers on Instagram and Facebook. I started Thanksgiving 2020 and through word of mouth and repeat customers, my business quickly grew! Through the holiday season, I had numerous companies order gift boxes of cookies and breads to give to their customers! It was so exciting for me to think that people would pay for my treats that I loved to bake!.  Read more>>

 

 

Spenser Chambers

Five years ago, I was working full-time 12-hour night shifts at the hospital as a respiratory therapist. I was completely exhausted, wasn’t sleeping, and felt a constant need to create. On my days off, I would wake up early, make coffee, and journal about how I wanted my life to look. I had always wanted to become an entrepreneur of some sort and do something that filled me up creatively. As a lover of nature, portraits, and light; photography called to me. Every morning, I would create a business plan and strategize how I would run my dream business as a photographer. Watching my two daughters grow and realizing how important those memories were and how quickly the time went by made me fixated on documenting it all. I bought my first camera and started small by taking pictures for friends and family as a side hustle while I worked my full-time hospital job. I would spend my lunch breaks researching questions I had, watching educational videos I purchased, listening to podcasts and audiobooks on long car rides, and self educated as much as I possibly could. Read more>>

Jordan Yewey

Ever since I can remember I have been singing and writing music. My dad bought me my first guitar when I was only 4 and anytime, I found myself near a piano or musical instrument growing up I just had to sit and play. I found myself making up melodies and lyrics and I would do this for hours. I would even sneak into the formal living room of my house where my dad kept my great grandpa’s old electric guitar, and I would sit and strum it and feel like a rock star, even though I had no idea what I was doing. However, it wasn’t until age 8 I sat down and put my first lyrics on paper and age 12 when I would formally learn to play guitar and teach myself to play piano shortly thereafter. It’s crazy to believe that was 20 years ago.  Read more>>

Richard Ingersoll

I have been Drawing since before I can remember and always continued to do so throughout my life. I played music in a few bands and had a solo project as well and thought that was my main creative outlet/calling in my early 20s. During that time, I was living in a DIY house venue off 25th and California called Mouth House. I’ve spoken about this place in a few other interviews, google it, it was beautiful and insane. It was in there though that I really started to develop a deep interest and love for painting. I was pretty average but I knew I could make something happen with it if I kept it up. I painted pretty much every day for years (and still do) and got my start showing work at Red Wolf Gallery in the Santa Fe Art District in Denver via the owner and my good buddy/fellow artist, Cody Kuehl. Over the next few years, I showed in many places and events in and out of Colorado and really started to find my footing on the financial/business side of things during the pandemic ironically.  Read more>>

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