Enjoy being ‘Organized Enough’

“Organized Enough” by Amanda Sullivan, 2017, DaCapo Lifelong, $16.99, 229 pages
You know exactly where Monday’s report is. That, of course, doesn’t mean anybody else could find it. You put that report in a safe place in your office, which is organized to work for you. But is it really organized, or is it just a mess? Admit it: it’s probably the latter and nobody’s perfect, but with “Organized Enough” by Amanda Sullivan, you might find a perfect solution.

Roberta Parker with her three kids.
Photo by Meg Brazill

Angry Goat sets up pepper jam outlet in WRJ

A goat that made life difficult for Roberta and Jason Parker became the namesake for their award-winning hot sauces and hot-pepper jams, produced under the name, the Angry Goat Pepper Co. The inspiration for making hot-pepper jams dates back to the couple’s honeymoon in Bermuda nine years ago, when they discovered street vendors selling hot pepper jellies. Jason Parker was instantly hooked by the new taste discovery and it stuck with him. Back in Vermont, he was ready to leave the corporate work world. The couple had been raising chickens and selling a few products for side income at a farmers market.

Kyle Goldberg recently launched Gold Ladder Coffee in Essex Junction. Photo by Mike Reilly

Gold Ladder all about love of coffee

Lovers of fresh roasted coffee gained a new option for their passion when Gold Ladder Coffee opened in late December in Essex Junction. Located next to the Bagel Bakery on Susie Wilson Road, Gold Ladder is a small-batch roastery that brews up a wide range of coffees and specialty coffee drinks. But even diehards will have a hard time matching owner Kyle Goldberg’s love of the brew. “My whole business approach is the love of coffee,” Goldberg said. “I find I go toward things I love to do.

Annie Bakst and Robert Hunt at their recently-opened Bohemian Bakery on Barre Street in Montpelier. Jeb Wallace-Brodeur / Staff Photo

New bakery: Bohemia finds a home in town

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. The bakery first opened in 2003 in a 1835 farmstead in East Calais and quickly became a destination for foodies.

Many of the lamps Ken Blaisdell creates at his White River Junction shop. Provided photo

Shedding light on 20 years of lamp making


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? Work hard and keep it up — and make sure you start with a good idea. Blaisdell first put down stakes in February 1997 when White River Junction was just another Vermont town that could be on the verge of a comeback, but probably wasn’t.

Study: Retiree gain surpasses youth drain in Vermont

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.

The Sunburst Six luxury lift at Okemo. Photo by Karen Lorentz

Ski to success: How little Vermont stays on top of the winter industry

By Karen D. Lorentz
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. “Vermont has about the same number of ski areas as New Hampshire but does twice its annual visits; it does three times Maine’s visits,” said Parker Riehle, president of the Vermont Ski Areas Association. “New York has 51 ski areas, but only a few are major players.”
Noting the role that terrain plays, Riehle said, “Vermont has 10 mountains with a 2,000-or-greater-foot vertical drop, which is more than New York, New Hampshire, and Maine areas have combined.”
Chris Nyberg, a 40-year industry veteran (including five years managing Killington), who is now a strategic planning consultant, praised Vermont’s 7,291 acres of trails.

Commission celebrates 100th signer to equal pay pledge

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. The project, a voluntary online pledge, was set up to enable Vermont-based employers to get facts and indicate their commitment to closing and abolishing wage disparity based on gender. According to the National Women’s Law Center, “equal pay and the wage gap of American women who work full-time, year-round, are paid only 80 cents for every dollar paid to men — and for women of color, the wage gap is even larger.


‘Why Time Flies’ will show you a good time

“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?

Five Lolë ambassadors at a meet-up at Pure Barre in South Burlington. (From left): Anna-Bridgette Shorten, Jennifer Sienkiewicz, Emma Simon, Justine Zolotas and Caitlin Moroney. Provided photo.

Ambassador program pushes Lolë beyond shop’s walls

BURLINGTON — Lolë Burlington, which has been on Church Street for about a year and half, blurs the lines between a fitness club and fashionable active wear for women. The business has built a strong customer base by using classes, events, community outreach and social media to introduce more people to its location and product line, said manager Laura Washburn. Central to that, she said, are fitness instructors who serve as ambassadors that help potential customers realize that Lolë is, “not just another yoga shop,” and pushes marketing beyond the store walls. “It’s a great community connection,” Washburn added “Ambassadors introduce people to the brand, and we introduce our customers to them and their work.”
Washburn described the Lolë clothing as, “Ath-leisure, which is a huge growth industry right now.” It’s clothing that enables women to easily transition from exercise to streetwear, she said. Lolë is an acronym for Live Out Loud Every day.