New Business



The Foundry at Summit Pond

Killington businessman Chris Karr bought the business and building of the Grist Mill Restaurant in Killington, which closed in September. Following renovations, he opened The Foundry at Summit Pond, a restaurant and café, on the site. 200 Summit Road; 422-5335.

Boss Office Works

Vincent Chiarella and Carla Meola opened Boss Office Works in Killington, next to the post office. Boss Office Works is a one-stop shop for printing, graphic design, and Web design for products such as postcards, business cards, flyers, brochures, posters, and complete websites. Present were Tom Donahue, Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce; Jim Haff, Killington Select Board; Chiarella; Meola; Steve Selbo, SP Land; and Joan Hill, Chamber of Commerce. 2046 U.S. Route 4; 775-0600;

Vermont Pizza Co.

Vermont Pizza Co. has opened in the former location of Rocky’s Pizza at Taft Farms Village Center in Williston. John and Logan Howe, who purchased the Rocky’s Williston location last year, wanted to create a “Vermont-style” Italian restaurant there. The restaurant has been redesigned for a Vermont farmhouse feel that features the work of local artists. In addition to a new pizza recipe, several specialty pizzas and homemade sauces have been added. The more varied menu includes Vermont Angus beef burgers, pasta dishes, calzones, and wraps, plus new side dishes and desserts. Hours are daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 201 Cornerstone Drive; 878-5556.


Vermont Health Co-op

Vermont Health Co-op, a nonprofit, member-governed insurance company dedicated to providing affordable health insurance plans for individuals and small-business employers and their employees, opened in South Burlington. Tom McKeown, former executive director of Business Resource Services, was named chief operating officer. On the formation board of directors are Mitchell Fleischer, president, Fleischer Jacobs Group; David Jillson, business manager, Orthopedic Surgery; James Lampman, president, Lake Champlain Chocolates; Doug Nedde, principal, Redstone Group; Mark Pitcher, M.D., partner, Good Health PPC; and Paulette Thabault, senior manager, CVS/Caremark, former commissioner of Vermont Banking Insurance, Securities, and Health Care Administration. 120 Kimball Ave., Suite 200; 238-2624;

John Lomas Custom Furniture

Master craftsman and custom furniture maker John Lomas announced the launch of John Lomas Custom Furniture in a new manufacturing facility in Hinesburg, and an online retail store at Lomas has an extensive background as a furniture maker, having studied at The London School of Furniture (now London Metropolitan University) and West Dean College, and for the last 15 years, was the owner and founder of Cotswold Furniture in Stowe and in Great Barrington, Mass. All of the furniture is handmade in the Hinesburg facility.

Guitar Center

Guitar Center, the nation’s largest instrument retailer, opened its first Vermont retail store in Williston with a grand opening celebration offering savings, gear giveaways, and free performances and workshops. The store features Guitar Center Studios, an in-house, state-of-the-art lesson facility that provides music lessons for all abilities. Paul Wilson is the general manager. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sundays noon to 6 p.m. 21A Hawthorne St.;

Green Mountain Camera

Father-and-son team Robert and John Ste. Marie, the owners of Green Mountain Camera of Waterbury Center, announced the opening of a second location. The new store will occupy the former Ritz Camera space in Staples Plaza in South Burlington. Ritz was recently closed when its corporate parent was liquidated after failing to find a buyer in bankruptcy court, and the entire South Burlington staff was laid off. The Ste. Maries contacted Ritz about hiring some of them, and, said John, who added that they were so impressed with the quality of the staff, they decided to open a new store and rehire the entire crew. Terri Balko, the Ritz store manager for 15 years, will manage the South Burlington store. Plans are to expand into higher quality, overnight printing services with multiple ways to drop off and pick up, including state-of-the-art digital order entry kiosks in the stores. 861 Williston Road; 651-4100;;


Jim Stockman of Asheville, N.C., and Bryan Grundon of Lincoln, announced the opening of bMighty2, an Internet marketing company for small businesses. Services include website development, local search engine optimization, email marketing, social media marketing, and directory link building. Stockman is the chief executive officer, and Grundon is chief operating officer. 502 South Lincoln Road, Lincoln;; (718) 369-8863;


UPS Store

Laura Flint celebrated the opening of her UPS Store in Rutland with a ribbon-cutting. The store offers various products and services such as shipping, copying, mailboxes, stamps, and office products. Present were: Flint; William Notte, Rutland Board of Aldermen; Dori Moyer, UPS Store; and Dennis Relyea, store manager. 31 North Main St.; 773-7410.

Habitat ReStore

Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity launched Habitat ReStore, selling high-quality, used (and some new) building materials, home goods, and home improvement supplies. The announcement was made by David Mullin, executive director. The 7,000-square-foot facility is one of 750 across the United States and Canada, and Vermont’s first. 528 Essex Road, Williston.

Robert Frost Mountain Cabins

Marty and Carol Kulczyk opened Robert Frost Mountain Cabins in Ripton, offering year-round short-term or extended-stay lodging in stand-alone, private cabins on 112 acres. Each cabin sleeps six and features a gas log fireplace, fully equipped kitchens, a full bath, roomy screened porch and Wi-Fi. 2300 North Branch Road; 388-9090; •


Accountable Care Coalition of the Green Mountains

Healthfirst, a nonprofit association of independent-practice physicians, has launched the Accountable Care Coalition of the Green Mountains (ACCGM), an accountable care organization, in partnership with Collaborative Health Systems in Houston. Paul Reiss, M.D., was named medical director of the new organization. Christian Thomas, M.D., is chairman of the board of Healthfirst. ACCGM, one of 89 organizations nationwide (and the first one in Vermont) to meet the quality standards of Medicare’s new care model, was selected by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services to be named a Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organization.

The Chowder House

Stephen and Ursula Zahn, the owners of Otter Valley Winery and Cozy Cottages in Brandon, announced the opening of The Chowder House. The seasonal restaurant specializing in fresh seafood is located on U.S. 7 at the same site as their other businesses. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Indoor and outdoor dining. 1246 Franklin St.; 247-6644

Galerie Provenance

Michael N. Findley has opened Galerie Provenance, specializing in American and French art, antiques, and accoutrements, in Middlebury. The shop also carries Rochere glass, Pre de Provence and Durance soaps, oils, and perfumes from the region of Provence in France. Findlay, a Vermont native, is a fifth-generation art dealer who has worked in galleries across the country. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1 Frog Hollow Alley; 388-3101; •


The Havoc Gallery

Bruce R. MacDonald announced the opening of The Havoc Gallery in Burlington’s South End arts district. MacDonald, who creates stainless steel sculptures, has worked in the Vermont art scene for over 30 years. The Havoc Gallery is an expansion of Gallery 180, which featured MacDonald’s work exclusively. The new site will include the work of other artists as well as MacDonald’s. 27 Sears Lane; (800) 639-1868;

Vermont Artisans Craft Gallery

Jewelry designer Darcy Church has opened the Vermont Artisans Craft Gallery, a retail store in the Burlington Town Center. The store features more than 60 Vermont food producers and artisans, who work in various mediums, including pottery, woodworking, jewelry, fiber, oil, watercolor, acrylic, and photography. Open all mall hours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through September, then seven days a week through Dec. 31. 863-4600;

Bluebird Barbecue

Sue Bette announced the opening of Bluebird Barbecue on the former site of her restaurant, Bluebird Tavern, which recently moved to St. Paul Street in Burlington. Paul Link, the chef de cuisine, will work under the direction of Bette and Michael Clauss, Bluebird’s chef. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 4:30 to 10 p.m.; 317 Riverside Ave.; 448-3070;

Harvest Moon Snack Bar

Autumn Prim opened Harvest Moon Snack Bar in a mobile unit at her Harvest Moon Valley Ranch in Starksboro. Among Harvest Moon’s offerings are creemees, burgers, hot dogs, and popcorn. Harvest Moon is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; pony rides daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 1417 Vermont Route 116.

Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts

The Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts celebrated a grand opening in Chester with an exhibition of watercolor artist Jeanne Carbonetti’s work. The anchor facility features a 2,000-square-foot central revolving exhibit gallery, a permanent collection barn of 650 square feet, and offices and teaching studios of 1,200 square feet. Robert M. Sarly, senior vice president at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, with homes in Acton, Mass., and Andover, is president; Abby Raeder is executive director. Raeder has studied art, using photography as her main medium. 15 Depot St. •


Yellow Sign Commercial

After almost six years in commercial real estate as a salesperson for Redstone Commercial Group, Realtor Peter Yee has opened his own commercial brokerage, Yellow Sign Commercial, in South Burlington. He has recruited Julie Marinello, who will act as his assistant/leasing specialist until she earns her license. Yee has more than 15 years of sales experience. 18 Dover St.; 598-0006;;

Debra Behm, CPA, PLC

Accountant Debra Behm announced the opening of her accounting firm, Debra Behm, CPA, PLC, in South Burlington. Behm specializes in small-business and individual taxation, planning, and consulting. Her experience also includes trust and estate administration and taxation. 11 Yandow Drive; 363-4381; •



Tween Brands Inc., d/b/a/ Justice, opened a 3,300-square-foot store at University Mall, two doors from its sister store Maurices. Justice is a retailer in the tween marketplace of girls ages 7 through 14.

The Vermont- Québec Initiative

The Vermont-Québec Initiative was launched by Sonya C. Enright in Burlington to create marketing tools that help businesses attract French-Canadian tourists, shoppers, and business travelers. Enright is a Québec native with experience in tourism, business development, and retail. She works with her husband, Brad Pettengill, a graphic design and photography professional. Services include translation, cultural education, French lessons, and bilingual shopping and restaurant maps for the Vermont business community. One Main St., Suite 308B; 777-7056;

Edward Jones

Aaron Robertson, financial adviser, announced the opening of an office for Edward Jones in Vergennes. Robertson had been operating from his home for a few months until the right space could be found and renovated. 229 Main St., Suite A; 877-6559.


Vermont Occupational Health Consultants

Andrew Conte announced the opening of Vermont Occupational Health Consultants Inc. in Milton. Conte is a Certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist. The company assists employers with improving the health and safety of their workforces through education, training, and medical monitoring. VTOHC also provides drug and alcohol program management services to businesses conducting mandated or drug-free workplace programs. 24 Stacy St.; (518) 637-9979;

Kids RehabGYM

Sharon Gutwin, the founder of RehabGYM, announced the opening of Kids RehabGYM, a separate, fully-staffed pediatric facility that will lease space from RehabGYM. Features include a multi-level pool designed for children with special health needs and those in physical rehabilitation; a kids’ climbing wall; treatment rooms that allow for one-way observation; and various toys and equipment such as treadmills, ellipticals, and bikes scaled to their size. The organization is set up as a nonprofit. Ashley Bennett, DPT, the executive director, manages the day-to-day operations and provides physical therapy services. Attorney Mark Perkell is president of the board; Scott Benjamin, MD, a Certified Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine specialist at Fletcher Allen Health Care, vice president; Jessica Gooden of NBT Bank, treasurer; and Jan Morse, secretary. Also on the board are Jan Shanks of Cigna Health Care and Frederick Neu, interfaith chaplain at Fletcher Allen Health Care and co-founder of Good News Garage. 905 Roosevelt Highway, Suite 115, Colchester; 861-3600;


Khuyen Tran and Tan Huynh of Milton, the operators of Sweet Thing Chocolates & Confections in Burlington, have opened Candylicious, 585-square-foot candy store, at University Mall in South Burlington. Candylicious is a bag-your-own shop, featuring popular favorites such as Jelly Bellies, Teenee Beanees, M&Ms, Gummies, licorice, and sugar-free options. The store also carries novelty candies such as candy buttons and Turkish taffy.

After Hours Taxi Service

Christina Swidrak launched After Hours Taxi Service serving Rutland County with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the help of the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce. The service is open seven days a week. Pictured are Swidrak and Rutland Alderman William Notte. All hours Monday through Friday; Saturdays until 3:30 a.m.; Sundays until 2:30 a.m. 86 Fire Lane, 3B Coburn Court, North Clarendon; 282-6431. •


Fusion Taekwon-do

Leslie St. Pierre and Damir Alisa opened Fusion Taekwon-do LLC in the space formerly home to Snyder’s Academy of Taekwondo in Colchester. Serving students of all ages, Fusion works on building confidence, improving fitness, and improving overall wellness through the use of martial arts. 110 Elm Court; 860-6312;

Liberty Tax

Corey Rovito and Jaime Jarvis opened a Liberty Tax franchise at 1 Rutland Plaza in downtown Rutland. Pictured at the grand opening, from left: Megan Lussier, preparer; Tara Stone, store manager; Amanda Bishop, preparer; Jarvis, owner; and Heather Lafountain, preparer.

The Angus Firm

Attorney David J. Angus II opened The Angus Firm PLC in South Burlington. The practice areas are business law, captive insurance, tax, estate planning, and probate and real estate. Angus is a native Vermonter and holds an LL.M. (master of laws) in taxation. 1 Kennedy Drive; 399-2260;;

Prospect Appraisal

Alyth Hescock, Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, announced the formation of Prospect Appraisal LLC, a real estate appraisal and consulting company in Vergennes serving the Champlain Valley. The firm specializes in agricultural and commercial property. Services include property tax appeal, conservation easement appraisal, subdivision analysis, site layout and permitting assistance, and cash flow and expense forecasting. Hescock is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a degree in community development and applied economics. 999-9077. •


Cellular Sales

Cellular Sales, the nation’s largest Verizon premium wireless retailer, opened its first Vermont store at 1270 Shelburne Road in South Burlington. The store created eight sales positions. 859-0549;

Mama T’s Country Kitchen

Theresa House (aka Mama T) and her husband, Eric, announced the opening of Mama T’s Country Kitchen in Rutland. The idea for the restaurant grew out of the Houses’ volunteer work cooking for disaster-relief workers in the area following Hurricane Irene. They opened the restaurant with their daughter, Cymberlee Prencipe. The restaurant serves barbecue, including ribs, brisket, and chicken, plus sides and desserts. Open for lunch and dinner. Present were Tom Donahue, Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce; Joan Hill, Chamber; Cymberlee Prencipe; Theresa House; Alderman William Notte; Frank Smead; and Jerry Hanson. Rear: Paul Crossman; Evan House; Eric House; Matthew Prencipe; Glen Novak; and Matt Albertizzi. 254 South Main St.; 353-MAMA (6262).

Core Business Seminars

Marian Fritz announced the launching of Core Business Seminars, providing small classes on topics such as understanding and analyzing financial statements, building budgets, strategic planning, negotiating loans and choosing investments, effective marketing, and managing employee benefits. Fritz has a master of business administration with a concentration in finance and years of experience providing financial services to small-business owners and teaching finance and planning courses at the University of Vermont. Two class series, Core and Elective, are the backbone of the service, and a one-hour presentation on the fourth Friday of each month features expert speakers on various topics of interest to small businesses. 156 College St., 2nd Floor, Burlington;;

Left Bank Home & Garden

Trice Stratmann, a Burlington interior designer and visual artist, has opened Left Bank Home & Garden, a shop featuring a curated selection of new and vintage furniture, home accessories, lighting, original art, antiques, and seasonal garden items. Stratmann also offers interior design services through the store. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday,
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Mondays by appointment. 127 Bank St., Burlington; 862-1001;

Double Entry Bookkeeping

Diana Jones Sheltra, the owner of Double Entry Bookkeeping LLC of Essex Junction, announced the opening of a second office in Morrisville. Concurrently, Sheltra has founded the Lamoille County Business Network, with headquarters in the Morrisville office. 34 Pleasant St., Unit 2; 851-8015; fax: 851-8020;

Five Guys Burgers & Fries

Greg Vasey, franchisee, opened Vermont’s first Five Guys Burgers & Fries in the 1,875-square-foot former Blockbuster site in the Gateway Shopping Center on Shelburne Road in South Burlington. Ross Montgomery of Redstone represented Vasey. The landlord is Acadia Realty. •


Chelsea Green Publishing

Margo Baldwin, president and publisher of Chelsea Green Publishing of White River Junction, announced the company’s opening of an office in Burlington to house key communications, website, and author-events staff. Concurrent with the office opening was the addition of three employees. Justin Nisbet, formerly of Workman Publishing, is director of digital development; Shay Totten, longtime journalist and former editorial director at Chelsea Green, is communications director; and Melissa Jacobson, formerly of Quirk Books, is in-house book designer. 166 Battery St.; 295-6300;

Vermont Food Venture Center

The Center for an Agricultural Economy opened the Vermont Food Venture Center in Hardwick. The center offers three shared-use, fully equipped and licensed commercial kitchens for rent by the hour. Equipment includes slicers, mixers, grinders, several types of ovens, tilt skillets, blast freezers, vacuum sealers, labelers, and other equipment to process and package almost any type of food. The center offers technical assistance for recipe development, business development, packaging selection, and distributor access. P.O. Box 422, 140 Junction Road; 472-5362;

Vermont Signature Sauces

Lance DelPriore, a Brattleboro chef, and Karen Whitman of Westminster West joined forces to launch Vermont Signature Sauces Inc., a gourmet finishing sauce company, in Saxtons River. The company has introduced four products created by DelPriore as a way to share DelPriore’s sauces with the public. Current sauces are Marchand De Vin, a French classic; a smooth-smokey Chipotle Cream; a sweet Marsala with Wild Mushrooms; and a cream sherry reduction with orange and tarragon they call Delman Sauce. Two more — a sweet Port Wine Sauce with a hint of cumin, and a Pomegranate Sauce — are in the works. 869-5000;;

Mad River Food Hub

Entrepreneur Robin Morris, in collaboration with Mad River locavores, the Mad River Valley Planning District, local chef Joey Nagy, and other community members, has opened the Mad River Food Hub, a 3,200-square-foot shared meat and vegetable processing, storage, and distribution center. The Food Hub gives farmers, chefs, and value-added food producers in the Mad River Valley access to a state-licensed meat and vegetable processing facility with a high-efficiency cooler and freezer for pre- and post-processing, and a loading dock. Unit 1, Irasville Business Park,151 Mad River Canoe Road, Waitsfield; 496-3100;

Panera Bread

Panera Bread cut the ribbon on its newest Vermont location at 241 South Main St. in Rutland. The location offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner; free Wi-Fi; a cozy fireplace; and a drive-through. Pictured, front row from left: Tom Donahue, Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce; Jerry Hansen, Chamber; William Notte, Rutland alderman; Marleen Cenate, Chamber; Jeff Cairns, Panera; Mayor Chris Louras; Glenday Hawley, Chamber; Frank Smead; and Jay Morel, Chamber. Back row: Dave Almond, Panera; Peter Fisk; Brennan Duffy, Rutland Redevelopment Authority; Dave Correll, Chamber; Glenn Novak; Roderick Pingree; Katherine Pingree; and Larry Walsh. •



Ace Holdings Unleashed Inc. leased a space in Essex Junction for a second retail location for Unleashed, a Richmond pet food and supply store. The landlord is McEwing Properties LLC. The Essex Junction location features pet food and supplies, a pet bakery, and a do-it-yourself wash station. Broker Esther Lotz announced the transaction. Pictured are Eric Beauregard of Unleashed and Veronica Beauregard of Unleashed. 34 Park St.; 879-3231.

Maji Chien and Max Mackinnon


Maji Chien and Max Mackinnon have opened Pistou, a small restaurant and specialty foods market, at the corner of Main and South Champlain streets in Burlington. They are serving casual food throughout the day with open seating, and a full-service dinner with more refined cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Chien and Mackinnon bought the restaurant assets, equipment, and leasehold improvements from Rob Minichiello, and executed a lease with the landlord. Peter Yee of Redstone represented Minichiello and procured the buyers. 61 Main St.; 540-1783;

Vermont Works for Women

Vermont Works for Women announced the opening of an office in Barre, the organization’s second. The new space houses the girls’ programs, including those formerly run by Girls Move Mountains, and the transitional jobs program for central Vermont. Working in the Barre office are Nadine Budbill, director of girls’ programs; Kelly Walsh, girls’ program coordinator; and Sarah Loveless, transitional jobs program. 107 North Main St., 622-0400; •