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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 […]

Car Repair, Reimagined: Auto repair specialist brings services right to the customer’s location

2 minute read Living in Vermont typically means driving from here to there, and back again. Which also means that we depend on our vehicles to work when we need them. That’s what prompted auto repair specialist Allen Laberge and his partner Kayla Chabot to take their long-imagined idea and turn it into a business: Pro Mobile Automotive. […]

Art from the Heart: Young entrepreneurs connect artists from around the world to Stowe, Vermont

2 minute read For nearly 35 years, Robert Paul Galleries has been at the heart of Stowe’s thriving community of artists and art lovers alike. So when the original owners retired in May of 2023, young entrepreneurs and longtime residents Jack H. Morris and Alexandra B. Weathers embraced the opportunity to purchase the business, building upon a legacy […]

Bringing Joy to the Wall: Burlington Artist brightens each day with bold and colorful patterns

2 minute read In the midst of a successful corporate design career, Burlington artist Bethany Andrews-Nichols began to imagine her next adventure. With the spark of an idea, she traveled to Jaipur, India in 2017 to learn about the ancient art of block printing. This technicolored journey inspired Bethany to forge ahead with her love of design, pattern, […]

Longtime chef and entrepreneur takes the reins at The Elmore Store

2 minute read By Amanda Kuhnert The Elmore Store has been the hub of the small rural town of Elmore, Vermont for centuries. The white clapboard building, built in the early 1800s, is where residents stop for a gallon of milk, to pick up their mail, and to catch up with neighbors. But in 2020 this community staple […]

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