Staff writer MONTPELIER — The iconic Bohemian Bakery is back after a relocation and transformation, much to the delight of its devoted followers. The bakery reopened Feb. 8 on Barre Street in the Capital City after closing last fall because it had outgrown its former home. Owners Robert Hunt and Annie Bakst wanted to reorganize and find a new site.
When Ken Blaisdell opened his business, Lampscapes, 20 years ago in White River Junction, the neighborhood and the business climate looked very different from today. It’s an unlikely success story but a model for entrepreneurs who want to make a business of selling their own handmade goods. First rule of thumb?
By Karen D. Lorentz Correspondent Vermont ranks as the No. 1 ski state in the East, and most years third in the nation — behind Colorado and California but ahead of Utah — in annual skier visits. That successful track record, based on data compiled by the National Ski Areas Association’s annual Kottke Report, springs from a combination of terrain, diversity, history and innovation, industry executives agree.
Correspondent MONTPELIER — The Vermont Commission on Women, an organization committed to pay equality, celebrated the 100th signer to the Vermont Equal Pay Compact last month. VCW and former Gov. Peter Shumlin launched the Equal Pay Compact in 2015 to address the gender pay gap that continues to plague the U.S. and several other countries around the world. “This project launched on Equal Pay Day 2015 to inform employers about practical steps they can take to eliminate the wage gap in their business and across Vermont,” said Cary Brown, executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women.
Correspondent Since 1977, United Van Lines, a global transportation, warehousing and freight corporation been tracking migration patterns on a state-by-state basis. A study released from 2016 concluded that Vermont is experiencing more inbound moves than outbound, and that has been the case for nearly three years running. “For nearly 40 years, we’ve been tracking which states people are moving to and from, and we’ve recently started surveying our customers to understand why they are making these moves across state lines. For Vermont, a higher percentage are moving into the state rather than leaving,” said Melissa Sullivan, director of marketing and communications at United. United Van Lines is the nation’s largest household goods mover, the company’s data reflect national migration trends.
“Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation” by Alan Burdick, 2017, Simon & Schuster, $28 Your last vacation was really fun. Those seven days felt like 10 minutes. And then you were back to work, where 10 minutes can seem like seven days. Why is that? How come enjoyable things whiz by fast and why do you wake up seconds before the alarm goes off?
Correspondent Fifth-generation Vermonter Megan O’Brien said she thought Burlington needed more shopping, particularly affordable, high-quality women’s clothing. She did her part to remedy that in July when she launched Tangerine on College Street. Tangerine offers new, vintage-inspired Bohemian clothing, focusing on American-made garments from contemporary designers. “It’s an eclectic little bundle of styles I’m hoping you can’t find anywhere else,” O’Brien said. “I try to focus on brands no one else has in Burlington, and do my own thing to offer something different.” Inventory includes dresses, tops, pants, skirts and T-shirts, as well as jackets and coats.
Staff writer What are the most promising jobs with the highest wages in Vermont in the next 10 years? Job seekers need look no further than Pathways to Promising Careers, a joint survey by the Burlington-based McClure Foundation and Vermont Department of Labor. The survey anticipates high demand in health care, education, technology, finance and the wood industry, with numerous job openings that pay $20 an hour or more. But there is one caveat: Many require training and education beyond high school. Statistics show that only 60 percent of Vermont high school students enroll in college within 16 months of graduating.
When purchasing food, cost is often a deciding factor for consumers. Why buy a 12-ounce package of local bacon for $7.99 when you can get it for $4.98? Purchasing local food means you know where your food comes from, you’re buying food that is generally healthier and you’re helping drive the local economy to keep more jobs and dollars circulating in the state. Still, price can be a sticking point for many Vermonters. While it’s true that the cost of local food at the grocery store is often higher than mass-produced commodity food, the reasons for that might surprise you.
By Bruce Edwards Correspondent SHELBURNE — The list of companies is impressive: Vermont Teddy Bear, SunCommon, Brighter Planet, Mamava, Budnitz Bicycles. These are among the 30 companies that Fresh Tracks Capital has invested in over the years. Now the Shelburne venture capital firm is about to launch a new fund, Fresh Tracks Capital IV, which will invest in up to 15 companies, mostly in Vermont, that are just starting out. The fund’s new manager is T.J. Whalen, who was also named a general partner. “The part of it that I will focus on that is somewhat unique to what Fresh Tracks has been doing is a little bit more of a pronounced focus in consumer products and food and beverage sectors, which Vermont produces a lot of for all the right reasons,” Whalen said.
MONTPELIER — Last week, the Vermont Department of Taxes and the IRS began accepting tax returns for the 2016 tax year. There are a few changes the department would like taxpayers to know about. The department continues to experience a rise in attempted tax refund fraud, an alarming trend that mirrors what is happening in other states and at the federal level. State revenue departments and the IRS are implementing procedures to help protect the taxpayer’s money. Vermont taxpayers will be asked to provide a Vermont driver’s license or state-issued identification card number when filing.
“Ask Brianna” is a Q&A column from NerdWallet for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I’m here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to email@example.com. Q: I’d love to earn some extra cash in addition to what I make at my 9-to-5 job, but I’m not sure where to start. Any ideas?
Across Vermont, independent coffee shops and roasters are brewing up something special. But what is it about a local coffee shop that gets their customers to go out for coffee rather than stay home and brew their own? Coffee is more than just a drink, it’s an experience — it’s something happening, from a daily ritual to an element of culture shared within communities. “Coffee culture is really coming to the forefront here in Vermont. If change is going to happen within a community, it’s going to happen over a cup of coffee,” said Elizabeth Manriquez, owner of Espresso Bueno in Barre.
At Efficiency Vermont we are always looking for new ways to help our customers save energy. Two years ago we started considering how we could work with businesses to help them save big by cutting their energy use in half. We had a lot of questions: Would businesses be interested? Would our customers be willing to rise to the challenge? Would the projects be economically viable?