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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.

Dawit Wolday

My rap began at my rock bottom. I just flunked out of college & I decided to not share that information with my parents for fear of their reaction. I was still a college radio DJ when I decided the same music I love listening to & sharing with my audience is the same music I can personally craft. I began writing raps & at the time, they symbolized the rose stemming out of concrete. Since then, I’ve graduated from MSU Denver & am now working a 9-5, still trying to water this rose. You can catch me at work writing, at local open mics & local shows trying to push my movement forward. Read more>>

Chris Dismuke

Moved to Colorado from California when I was about one. To Melvin and Linda Dismuke born 3rd out of 4. Raised in Highlands Ranch attending church in Denver raised Christian all siblings have Christ in our names Christina, Christiaan, Christopher and Christlon. My mom tried the Jackson 5 thing for a little bit where we would sing church songs in a convalescent home where my great aunt lived. Picked up my dad’s Saxophone in 3rd grade playing by ear church music with my mom. My parents gave me my first bass guitar for my 13th birthday. Started playing in garage band all through high school. I received a scholarship for football, broke my wrist, went into depression and left after two years, came home started working at a lot of restaurants while playing in a six pieces band with some of my high school friends. Read more>>

Nicole and Ryan

My husband Ryan is a Black Hawk pilot in the United States Army and we were fortunate enough to get stationed in Northern Italy for two years. While living there, we immersed ourselves fully in the Italian culture. From sipping on espresso shots to spritzing all hours of the day, our time in Italy was nothing short of magical. We traveled throughout most of Italy, learning enough of the language to order pizza and pasta, get yelled at, scowled at, and kissed on by the Nonna who lived below us and came back to the United States a little softer around the edges. Read more>>

Joe Denny and Sarah Caston

LUMINOUS started with an honest conversation over wine one night. As professionals in the industry, we have loved for several years, we wanted to make sure we were making an impact. We wondered what we could do to add to it. At the same time, we both realized we had been walking through the same doors for far too long and we were both ready for new challenges and adventure. If we were to open a salon, what could we do to make it special? We truly wanted to make our new salon someplace where people could come and get high-end, luxury hair services from some of the best service providers in the city, but we also wanted to create a place where people can come and feel like family, where connections are made and where our clients have the freedom to be themselves — a place that radiates light into the world. That’s the moment LUMINOUS was born. Read more>>

Sara Rasmussen

We opened the restaurant in Dec. 2011. The idea started when Tim Rasmussen was looking to start his own business. We were at dinner one night, about 30 minutes away from our house, when a family that attended the school that Tim’s children attended were at the same restaurant. Tim’s thought, if more than one family is going to travel around 30 minutes away to eat at a family-owned restaurant, then maybe that is a business he could start closer to his home. When the restaurant first opened for business, I was more behind the scenes completing office work. Since I had never worked in the restaurant business, I did not know what to expect and was very shy. After we were open for a few months to a year, I started to be an expo and food runner. Read more>>

Lisa M Gunshore

I am a multi-generational Psychic Medium, Author, Ayurvedic Wellness Coach, and Yoga Instructor. I am a native to the beautiful state of Colorado. As a small child, I felt a connection to the unseen and was often surprised by shadowy figures that appeared at my bedside. As I grew older, I became increasingly interested in the Occult and Mysticism. I picked up my first deck of Tarot cards at the age of 16 and felt an immediate connection. In addition to spirituality, I have a great passion for food. I chose to attend college at the Art Institute of Colorado to study Culinary Arts. I received a certification in nutritional cooking that would prove highly valuable to me as I uncovered health issues later in life. After college, I studied meditation, religion and somatic therapies in my spare time to better understand my own experiences. I made the decision to attend the Psychic Development Program in Boulder, CO in 2005 to focus on refining my abilities and understanding how to manage my own energy. Read more>>

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