CAVENDISH — Denise Gebroe has worked hard to get here, and now she’s inviting the public to help her celebrate. Today, Gebroe plans to launch her new business, DG Bodyworks, with an official grand opening at her 7 Depot St. location in Cavendish. Gebroe is a licensed massage therapist and certified personal trainer. She will use DG Bodyworks as a community center that offers yoga, conditioning, strength training and dance.
BURLINGTON — Kimberly Abruntilla launched Hendrix Boutique on Church Street this summer, offering women’s luxury clothing and making a conscious commitment to her community. This is the first business venture for Abruntilla, who graduated with a business degree from St. Michael’s College earlier this year, but the entrepreneurial drive is not new. “I’ve wanted to do this since I was a little girl, so I did it right out of college,” Abruntilla said. “Life is short — why not start my dream now?” Located in a second-floor shop above Ken’s Pizza, Hendrix offers women’s fashions from designers based in New York, Miami, California and Australia.
BURLINGTON — Element Real Estate opened an office in downtown Burlington earlier this year, when owners Jessica Bridge and Dan Cypress thought the time was right to launch their own boutique real estate firm. The residential Realtors got a refreshed company logo and acquired space at 139 Bank Street, a location that has previously housed a dry cleaner, art store and gallery, among others. “We’ve been business partners for 10 years,” Cypress said. “We started at RE/MAX together, and worked together the entire time.” The two were initially on a team at RE/MAX North Professionals and, after about two years, formed and began building their own team. This past spring, Bridge and Cypress decided to leave RE/MAX to open their own office with their team.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Engine Room Coworking, a co-working space in downtown White River Junction, launched last month. It is all about the freelancer, the startup, the independent creative type, the developer — you name the profession, they’re working together under one roof. Engine Room Coworking is a partnership between Tip Top Pottery owner Amy Robb and local redeveloper Mike Davidson. The 6,000-square-foot co-working space is located at the end of the Freight House, formerly known as the Tupelo Music Hall. The space has been restored — the rustic and industrial mix is the perfect backdrop to foster communal networking, like-minded professionalism and community.
BURLINGTON — Rich Cassidy’s passion for the law was first sparked in 1970, when he was volunteering for former Vermont Governor Phil Hoff’s run for the U.S. Senate as an anti-war candidate. Amid all the controversy surrounding the Vietnam War, Cassidy said he learned about the wide impact the law could have, and that it could be “a tool for making the world a better place.”
PROCTORSVILLE — Owner and General Manager Joe Evans and Executive Chef Kathryn Evans have introduced their eclectic TexAsian eatery, Table 19 Restaurant & Bar, on Sept. 1, and they report the concept has been a great success.
NORTHFIELD — “Vermont is the best state for beer in the union,” Scott Kerner said. “The amount of tourists that pour into our state each year is one barometer for the strength of this industry. The brand is strong, and the community is stronger.” Kerner should know. After he moved to Vermont from Oregon — where he worked for that state’s oldest microbrewery, Bridgeport Brewing Co. — he helped open three beer-focused restaurants: Three Penny Taproom, The Mad Taco and Mule Bar.
RUTLAND — A local family recently opened Rutland Toy and Hobby at 158 North Main Street, filling the niche that the former store Mike’s Hobbies filled for many years. In fact, 158 North Main now has two businesses selling treasures from decades past, with the recent opening of the vinyl record shop Rick and Kat’s Howlin’ Mouse in the former Mike’s Hobbies space next door to the city’s newest toy store. Rutland Toy and Hobby is owned by the father-and-son team of Wayne Thornton Sr. and Jr., and Thornton Jr.’s mother Denise handles the bookkeeping and also helps in the store. Thornton Jr., who is 25 years old, said he has expertise in toys and comics from the 1990s and early 2000s, and all manner of video games, and his dad’s specialties are toys from the 1970s and 1980s, along with cars, trains and remote-control toys. Together, that’s a wide range of expertise that makes the key attribute of the new business possible: diversity.
WINDSOR — “You love veggies — you just don’t know it yet.” That’s one of the slogans Oh! Veggies uses to let consumers know that a healthy diet can also be a delicious one. The 2,000-square-foot retail store located in Artisans Park in Windsor features sauces, seasonings and spices created specifically to flavor vegetables. Oh! Veggies also sells a line of reasonably priced products such as chopping and slicing tools and steamers that make prepping vegetables faster and easier.
WATERBURY — Hiata DeFeo has a right to be happy. After seven years of offering Waterbury residents a welcoming, community-focused space at her Stowe Street store, Bridgeside Books, DeFeo has turned another one of her passions into a retail business.