Grants awarded to grange film project

MIDDLEBURY — Historic New England has received a $2,500 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation Small and Inspiring grant program, and a $1,000 grant from the Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement program for its latest Vermont Everyone’s History project. The Williston branch of Yankee Farm Credit also provided $100 toward the project. Historic New England will partner with two local granges: Middle Branch Grange in East Bethel and Riverside Grange in West Topsham, to create a 30-minute film celebrating the role of granges in Vermont’s agricultural heritage and their continuing relevance. The film will include oral histories from grange members, archival images and footage of present-day grange events. It will screen in grange communities around the state and air on local cable access stations.

Denise Gebroe is opening DG Bodyworks in Cavendish today.

DG Bodyworks launches in Cavendish

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.

Kimberly Abruntilla poses for a photo at her store in Burlington.

Hendrix Boutique focuses on fashion, community

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.

Dan Cypress and Jessica Bridge are the owners of Element Real Estate, which recently opened in downtown Burlington.

Boutique real estate office debuts in Burlington

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.

From left, Amy Robb, director of the Engine Room, and Jenny Albee, events coordinator, pose for a photo in White River Junction.

Engine Room Coworking opens in WRJ

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.

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Rutland native starts Burlington law firm

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.”

From left, Andrew Leichthammer and Scott Kerner recently opened Good Measure Brewing Co. in Northfield.

Entrepreneurs open Good Measure Brewing

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.

A wide range of vintage toys pack the shelves at Rutland Toy and Hobby.

Vintage toy shop fills niche

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.

Anika Abrahamsen prepares vegetable fritters for customers to try with one of Oh! Veggies’ sauces on Columbus Day weekend at the Windsor store.

Healthy eating earns good reputation at Oh! Veggies

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.