Entrepreneur innovates with books, art

Carolyn Shattuck of Rutland makes books. Not just any books; her books are works of art. Shattuck, who was a printmaker and painter in her early career, has been developing and combining her skills over the past 20 years to become the creative and imaginative bookmaker she is today. Here she discusses her work, and her journey to where she is today.

Deidre Lozier, founder and creative director of Mountain Honey Clothier, is pictured with some of her products shortly after launching her business.

Hobby turns into a business

Deidre Lozier is the founder and creative director of Mountain Honey Clothier, based in Rutland. Founding the company in 2013 after she began making clothing for her own children, Lozier sews love into every design. Here she discusses more details and the philosophy behind her business. What is the nature of your business? I make hand-crafted, heirloom children’s clothing, toys and accessories.

Building a business with your ‘chosen craft’

RUTLAND – Stone House Quilting, established in Rutland in 2002, has received numerous awards and recognition at quilt shows. Janet Block, owner and sole employee of the quilting business, considers herself fortunate: “It is very rewarding to be recognized for doing creative and excellent work in one’s chosen craft,” she says. “I am very lucky to be working at something I love and find beauty in.”

Here, Block tells more about her craft and the business she created. What is the nature of your business? Stone House Quilting is a long-arm quilting business.

Business owner offers varied approach to fitness

Jessie Lucas is the sole-proprietor of Vivacious Mama, a local and global fitness and well-being consulting business. Lucas founded the company three years ago, but has been in the industry for 13. She says she saw a “need to bridge the wisdom” that the fields of traditional fitness, yoga and meditation provide. Here Lucas explains more about this union of practices and how they came together for her as a business model. What is the nature of your business?

Insurance business carries on family tradition

Perkins Insurance Agency, Inc. is truly a family business. Started in 1950 by Warren Perkins, his son, grandsons, and their wives now operate the business located at 124 North Main Street in Rutland. Here, one of those grandsons, Brian Perkins, details the family tradition he is proud to be part of.

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Salon at first Blush

RUTLAND – Paige Elizabeth Carrara is the proud owner of the brand new Blush Salon & Beauty Lounge in Rutland. Located at 60 Center Street in the former BROC building, Blush had a soft opening just last month. Here Carrara shares the details of her fledgling business.

Patti Fortuna-Stannard stands with a display of her company's products in Sandgate.

Family-owned business keeps thriving after 130 years

SANDGATE — Patti Fortuna-Stannard’s business was established in Rhode Island under the name Fortuna’s Sausage Co. & Italian Market in 1991. But the history of this family-owned business goes back much further — 130 years further. Fortuna-Stannard, the owner since 1982, now runs the business with her husband and son from Sandgate, traveling to Rutland each Saturday for the Farmers Market. Here she tells more of her family’s business story.

Lynn Jenne, left, and Tony Piontek of Garden Tenders pose at Lynn's home in West Rutland Friday morning.

Gardening duo finds success through listening

WEST RUTLAND – Garden Tenders came to fruition in 2015 under the green thumbs of Lynn Jenne and Tony Piontek. Based in West Rutland, the two passionate gardeners serve clients throughout Rutland County, as well as the Ludlow and Woodstock areas. Here, Jenne tells how their business has bloomed.