Author remembers Christmas on the family farm

ST. ALBANS — Ask St. Albans author Ilamae Lund about plans for her birthday next year, or any designs she might have for a fourth book, and she laughs. Hard. “It’s a day at a time for this old kid,” Lund said on Dec. 9, during a book signing at The Eloquent Page, in St. Albans.

Taxidermists are key for the hunting economy

ST. ALBANS — Milton resident Ed Poirier handed the white trash bag filled with antlers and innards to Steve Bushey, and told Bushey the story of how he bagged that huge, 11-point buck out in Kentucky, in early November.
Bushey is used to this by now — and he loves it.
“This is the crazy time of year, but it’s the great time of year,” said Bushey, owner of Top of The Knoll Taxidermy, in St. Albans.

BBQ business finds happy home at 14th Star Brewery

ST. ALBANS — Chad Spooner was one of the first people in the fast-growing line at Smokin’ Butt’s Bar-B-Q here on a recent Friday evening.

Spooner, a St. Albans resident and city councilman, has quickly become a fan of Smokin’ Butt’s pork, chicken and beef brisket menu.

“The pulled pork and chicken at Smokin’ Butt’s were both very succulent, with the perfect amount of flavoring, and the fries the meat was covering were thick and tender,” Spooner said.

As a city councilman, Spooner has other reasons to appreciate Smokin’ Butt’s new presence in St. Albans.

“An authentic BBQ establishment in downtown St. Albans will fill a void, and offer an option for those searching for something distinctively different,” Spooner said. “Located within one of St. Albans’ main attractions, 14th Star Brewery, combines BBQ and beer for a win-win situation.”

Jewelry shop marks 10 years

Aug. 1 marked Jeff and Vicki Eatons’ 10-year anniversary as the owners of Eaton’s Fine Jewelry, located on St. Albans City’s Main Street.
“It seems like the 10 years flew right by,” Jeff said on Aug. 2, while seated beside Vicki at their store.
Vicki said, “It sure doesn’t seem like 10 years, but we’ve seen many happy people in that time.”

Writer expands reach for business

ST. ALBANS — Gail Writes is a St. Albans-based business offering individualized copywriting and editing services to an international client base. Embracing the tagline, “Because words matter,” Gail Writes works with companies, organizations and individuals to present their business or ideas in clear and engaging ways. Owner Gail Marlene Schwartz has been a professional writer for more than 20 years, with extensive experience as a freelancer.

New brewery coming to St. Albans

ST. ALBANS — A good buzz is growing here over the recent announcement that another local beer and brewpub will emerge from Franklin County later this year. Mill River Brewing, a veteran- and woman-owned establishment, is on track to open in December at the former Hands On Car Wash site, on the corner of Lake Road and Beauregard Drive in St. Albans Town. Brothers and co-owners George “Dan” and David Fitzgerald, along with third owner Joyce Fitzgerald, David’s wife, hope to close on the 3,200-square-foot building at the end of July.

Home brew supply store opens

ST. ALBANS — When Merrill Hersey needed a logo for his new home brew supply store in downtown St. Albans, his girlfriend’s coworker drew one freehand, in 30 minutes. Now, the image of the “Bearded Expert,” which bears a striking resemblance to Hersey — especially the “bearded” part — is featured on the Web site and other marketing materials for his business, Open Barrel, located at 118 North Main St. Hersey, 33, of Richford, launched Open Barrel to rave reviews in April, during Vermont Maple Festival in St.

Syphon-brewed coffee hits St. Albans

ST. ALBANS — When Karen Scheffler started brainstorming for her new coffee shop here last June, she knew she wanted more than just another new coffee shop. With two coffee shops already on Saint Albans City’s small Main Street, Scheffler sought to precipitate a change in the downtown coffee scene — and she has with Catalyst Coffee Bar, which she opened in May.

Veteran-owned brewery adding new event space

ST. ALBANS — Siblings Andrea and Steve Gagner were busy briefing their 14th Star Brewing Co. staff on final details of that night’s fundraiser — an art show and sale by St. Albans artist Jon Young, to benefit the family of late Alburgh resident Larry Cameron on May 20. The band was setting up, the after-work crowd was filing in, and Dave and Terry Burbo, owners of Smokin’ Butt’s Bar-B-Q in Georgia, were prepping fare for the fundraiser.

Brian Walker

PC Construction promotes Walker

SOUTH BURLINGTON — PC Construction recently promoted Brian Walker to vice president. In this new position, Walker will oversee all water treatment business development efforts and continue to lead the company’s extensive estimating, preconstruction and purchasing functions. He started at PC Construction in 2004 as a member of the company’s leadership development program. He has completed dozens of projects along the eastern seacoast.