Organic. Sustainable. Apparel.

Gigi Gasperina has always wanted to create organic, high quality apparel from the time she worked on a sustainably managed winery in Northern California. Her passion for apparel grew along with her passion for the environment, spurring her to deviate away from the effects of fast fashion. That’s where her idea for Farm Fresh Clothing Company came to light. This is her story.

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Lindsey Armstrong
Love. Friendship. Growth.

Captain Pat is not your typical school teacher. After he graduated with a masters degree from Loyola Marymount University, he found he wanted to help younger kids with problems in school. When he realized that he could do something to help these kids deal with those issues, he made it his life’s mission to bring happiness and FriendSHYP to schools. This is his story.

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Lindsey Armstrong
Sacred. Sound. Healing.

Geoffrey Torkington is living his life in a more meaningful and relaxed way. Currently living in Mexico, Geoffrey finds passion in playing a unique bronze instrument in the shape of a salad bowl with the hopes of helping others find their own relaxation and purpose through sound healing. This is his story.

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Bend & Sway
Wood. Strings. Soul.

Joel Stehr, a Washington state native, always loved folk music growing up, especially music that featured an acoustic guitar. About 18 years ago, Joel and his friend decided one day they’d try their hand at making their own guitar. Though they never finished that first guitar, Joel had a transcendent moment standing in front of his garage that pushed him to pursue his guitar making passion further. This is his story.

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Metal. Stones. Daughter.

Since she was a young girl, Christie Bogle was always hanging around her father's shop while working with and learning about each of the tools he was using. Today, Christie is a proud metalsmith and owner of Workman’s Daughter, an online jewelry business for the adventurous types. She strives to create meaningful jewelry with a story and a purpose. Yet, she will always credit working with her dad as the beginning of her passion. This is her story.

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Fabricate. Metal. Empower.

Nick Pontarolo and Ryan Ricard have known each other since middle school but lost touch after each went their separate ways for college. Around the mid 2000’s, they found themselves back in their old Spokane, Washington stomping grounds and reconnected at a metal and woodworking shop over cold beers. Realizing that they both had an interest in welding and creating things, they decided to take on side projects for fun. Those small projects warped into bigger projects and the rest was history. This is their story.

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Sacred. Leather. Craft.

Ben Fife always had a unique style and taste for high quality materials. He loved the aesthetic of unique and durable pieces that held meaningful stories. One night, Ben decided he wanted to create a pair of leather suspenders; something he had always loved and wanted to create. He sat down, designed them, and built them all in one night. When he wore them the next day, he received so much positive feedback that he knew he needed to pursue his leatherwork passion. This is his story.

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Brewery. Neighborhood. Bonds.

Ben Lukes, a proud Missoula, Montana native never thought he’d wind up in Spokane, Washington brewing beer for a living. It wasn’t until a backyard barbecue that he realized he could choose a much different path than what he originally set out to do. This is his story.

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Confidence. Voice. Change.

Growing up, Sara Jean always listened to the radio alone in her bedroom in her small hometown in Washington state. Each time she heard a song she loved from her favorite radio station, she’d jump up, rush to her dual cassette recorder and make sure she could record the song to be played for many days, weeks and months to come. Radio became a big part of Sara’s life but she never thought a career in radio was something she could achieve.

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Basketball. Journey. Community.

Matt Santangelo always knew he was meant to play basketball. It was all he ever wanted to do from the time he was a toddler, staring out of the window of his south Portland home watching his brothers play in the driveway, all the way into his 30’s. Yet it wasn’t until middle school that he knew he had to pursue his dream as far as it would take him.

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Farm. Food. School.

Lora Lea and Rick Misterly each had experience farming since they were very young. Living in smaller communities was always something both of them strived for. Lora Lea had a passion for goat cheese and Rick had a passion for showing others how to live off the land in a sustainable way. Together, they found a way to share their passion with others from all over the world.

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Idea. Homemade. Enjoyment.

Jenna Rademan never dreamed her life would lead her down an entrepreneurial path. That is, until she visited Mexico and had a “paleta” or, in more common terms, a Mexican inspired popsicle. The explosion of flavors and fresh fruit sparked an idea she would later develop into a booming business of her own. This is her story.

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Coffee. Community. Change.

Bobby Enslow grew up in a Korean-American household that taught him how to succeed while also focusing positive efforts on the community around him. After a college trip to South Africa, Bobby knew what he could do to bring the community together to connect with one another in a neutral environment. This is his story.

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Bake. Dedicate. Create.

When Taylor Siok took a trip to Germany with his dad to visit a former exchange student and his family, he didn’t know his whole life would change. That first morning, he woke up to a spread of different cheeses, pastries, jams, and breads. It was a moment that he would never forget and moment that pushed him to pursue his dream.

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Challenge. Struggle. Perseverance.

From an early age, Bradley Alcock never felt supported or encouraged to pursue sports or a passion of his own. He would watch TV and see successful athletes competing at the highest levels and he wanted to be a part of it. “My entire life, since I was a kid, I wanted to be an athlete. It was my dream.” Unfortunately, his difficult childhood made his dream seem to slip away. That is until he discovered Crossfit.

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Blackout. Defeat. Motivation.

For the past six years, Josh Rettinghouse has been devotedly practicing Mixed Martial Arts and competing in fights in his hometown and around the world. Yet, it wasn’t an easy feat to be where he is now. He experienced a devastatingly early defeat in his amateur career that could have ended it all.

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Paint. Perspective. Connection.

Ben Joyce, a Spokane, Washington based artist always knew he was destined to create art. Even from the age of two. Yet, as he grew older, he didn’t quite know how he could continue to do it while working a full time job. That is until one early 2am morning, a stroke of inspiration hit him.

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Pain. Healing. Purpose.

After suffering from a low back sprain and severe whiplash from a car accident, Nicole Vickerman struggled for almost a decade to recover and get back to a normal pain free life. After finding yoga, her life was forever changed.

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Adventure. Growth. Potential.

Since she was a young girl, Christie Bogle was always hanging around her father's shop while working with and learning about each of the tools he was using. Today, Christie is a proud metalsmith and owner of Workman’s Daughter, an online jewelry business for the adventurous types. She strives to create meaningful jewelry with a story and a purpose. Yet, she will always credit working with her dad as the beginning of her passion. This is her story.

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