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At Blackback Pub, a Sense of Community is on Tap

2 minute read In the heart of historic Waterbury, Ehren Hill and Cory Swafford took the leap in 2023 to purchase Blackback Pub, a welcoming, well-known gathering place that nurtures a sense of community. This is the place where locals and visitors alike forge friendships, share stories, and celebrate life’s moments. From the outset, the new partners’ goal […]

What’s brewing in downtown Rutland: New Tea & Gift Shop provides a welcoming gathering place

3 minute read Filled with light, warmth, and many cozy cups of tea, Loose Loona Gifts + Tea House embodies the Scandinavian concept of “Hygge,” a calm and comfortable atmosphere to spend time with friends and family. Opened last September, the family-owned shop in downtown Rutland offers a vast and varied selection of hot and cold brewed teas […]


Non-extractive storytelling workshop presented by award-winning, international film maker Jay Austin

2 minute read BURLINGTON, Vt. (Apr. 18, 2024) – A refreshing way for storytellers to change the narrative is coming to Burlington on May 2. Those seeking to tell stronger, truer stories will have an opportunity to attend a candid, uplifting free workshop presented by award-winning filmmaker Jay Austin on May 2 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon […]

Rick Daniell joins VtSBDC as Business Advisor for the Northeast Kingdom

2 minute read RANDOLPH CENTER, Vt. (March 26, 2024) – Linda Rossi, State Director of the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC), has appointed Rick Daniell as the statewide organization’s Business Advisor for Orleans, Essex, and Caledonia counties in the Northeast Kingdom. Like his counterparts throughout Vermont, Rick provides one-to-one, confidential, no-fee advising to small business owners at […]


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