Susan Goehring Bailey announced the launch of The EcoHub Inc., an online benefit corporation devoted to crowdfunding eco-friendly projects and nurturing healthy relationships between people and the planet. The founders are three women with Vermont Law School ties: Shannon Clarke, Brianne Fischer, and Bailey. Clarke and Fischer are JD candidates at the law school, and Bailey is a master’s program alumna. Burlington resident Casey Lyon is chief technology officer. Two projects are ready for funding. 382-0851; www.theEcoHub.org; [email protected].
SOH Wind Engineering
Svend Ole Hansen, the principal of SOH Wind Engineering, announced the opening in Williston of the world’s largest wind tunnel for wind sensor calibration. The facility will be used to calibrate wind sensors such as those made by NRG Systems in Hinesburg and will test the effects of wind on large structures like bridges and buildings. The tunnel will also serve as an educational resource for University of Vermont students. Two of the four planned closed return-flow wind tunnels are in operation. Each tunnel measures about 10 feet tall by 10 feet wide and 125 feet long and includes two 125-horsepower fans capable of producing wind speeds up to 65 miles per hour. SOH secured a grant under The Vermont Economic Growth Initiative for about $150,000. Together with its sister company, Svend Ole Hansen ApS in Copenhagen, the company has more than 25 years’ experience in wind engineering and boundary layer wind tunnel testing. 999-3309; www.sohwind.com; [email protected].
Integrative Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Central Vermont Medical Center announced the opening of a second location for Integrative Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at 246 Granger Road in Barre, within Central Vermont Primary Care. Licensed Acupuncturists Kerry Jenni and Joshua Singer are providing acupuncture services at Montpelier Integrative Family Health, Monday through Friday, and at CVPC on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. 223-0954; www.integrativeaom.com. •
Nedde Real Estate
Doug Nedde, co-founder and previous co-owner of Redstone, has launched Nedde Real Estate, a full-service commercial real estate firm specializing in acquisitions, development, brokerage, and property management. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the business. 620 Hinesburg Road, Suite 220, South Burlington; 651-6888; www.nedderealestate.com.
Alicia Cunningham, M.D.
Alicia Cunningham, M.D., has opened a concierge medical practice in South Burlington. Concierge practitioners offer a prepaid, personalized, one-on-one medical service with office times available early or late and direct contact with the physician by phone or email. Cunningham graduated from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy in 1997 with a bachelor of arts, cum laude. She graduated in 2002 from Harvard Medical School, where she served as the class community service chair, and served her medical internship and residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She also earned a master of public health with a concentration in occupational and environmental health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She was named one of the nation’s 60 Truman Scholars in 1996. 43 Timber Lane; 881-9019; [email protected];
Chris Grimes, the owner of the Stowehof Inn, has launched MySightSee LLC, to produce and sell an iPad digital information guide for high-traffic hotel lobbies. MySightSee provides information about local area restaurants, retailers, events, and activities as a green alternative to traditional rack cards and brochures. The sleek, compact stations are located near the front desk. 455 Mountain Road, Unit 7, P.O. Box 1455, Stowe; 234-3748; (888) 320-0042; [email protected]; www.mysightsee.com.
Chris Middings announced the opening of NPG, a consulting group specializing in creating and administering Google Grants accounts for nonprofits. Middings is the founder and president. Google Grants provides qualifying nonprofits with $120,000 a year in in-kind AdWords advertising. 441 St. Paul St., Burlington; 864-0525; [email protected].
Champlain Medical Associates
Champlain Medical, a full-service urgent care center, has opened in South Burlington. The founder and medical director is Dr. Josh Schwartzberg, a board-certified osteopathic physician with 40 years of family practice and emergency medicine experience. The facility provides immediate access to medical care and prompt treatment for a wide range of illnesses and non-life-threatening injuries for individuals, families, and employers. Individuals may establish a primary care physician at the center for preventive and ongoing care. Occupational medical services include physicals, workplace injury care, drug and alcohol testing, DOT exams, and other OSHA testing. Open Monday through Friday; weekend hours are being established. 150 Kennedy Drive; 448-9370;
Vermont Employers Law Center
Shelburne lawyers Jane Osborne McKnight and Robert W. Scharf have established the Vermont Employers Law Center Inc., a subscription-based legal service offering the full range of employment law solutions to employers. Each annual subscription provides access to an array of services such as experience-tested contracts and employment policies, consultations, research, and attorney problem-solving. Other legal services are available on an hourly basis. The company also offers assistance with federal or Vermont regulatory proceedings and investigation. McKnight has practiced in Vermont for 16 years and is admitted to the bars of California and Vermont. Scharf is a business owner and attorney focusing on business and employment law, real estate, and estate planning. 207 Webster Road, Shelburne; 497-3027; [email protected]; www.vtemployerslaw.com.
Bongo & Blanket’s Bakehouse
Tyce Light launched Bongo & Blanket’s Bakehouse, a “dog barkery,” working out of his home in Montpelier. Bongo & Blanket’s produces wheat-free, preservative-free, handmade gourmet dog biscuits. The biscuits are made from human-grade, nutrient dense ingredients, free of corn, wheat, soy, added refined sugar, or salt. There are no byproducts, fillers, preservatives, or additives that might trigger dog allergies. 4 Isabel Circle; 498-3685; www.bongoandblanketsbakehouse.com; [email protected].
Argento Laraine Fine Jewelry
Jayson Argento and his wife, Krista Laraine opened Argento Laraine Fine Jewelry in Williston. Argento is a filmmaker and the lead singer of the band Pleasuredome. The shop specializes in custom design, bridal jewelry, repairs, estate and antique jewelry, diamonds, and gemstones. Argento also launched a photography business. 135 Talcott Road; 871-5115; www.ArgentoLaraine.com; www.lakechamplainphotography.com. •
Stacey Rousseau announced the opening of Timeless Paws, a pet funeral services business, in Williston. In addition to death care services for families with pets, Timeless Paws offers pet hospice, pet loss support for owners and families, treatment for surviving pets, and funerals at the company’s location or other chosen sites. Rousseau’s family has had a pet cremation business in the Champlain Islands since 2005. 4540 Williston Road; 497-1226; www.timelesspawsvt.com.
Vermont Custom Closets
Elizabeth and Todd Warren announced the opening of Vermont Custom Closets Inc. in Williston. The company is an outgrowth of the merger a year ago of Otter Creek Custom Closets and Closet Crafters. The Warrens will continue to own and operate Otter Creek Awnings & Sunrooms, which is located next door to their new business. Custom Closets has opened a showroom and design center and claims to be the state’s largest closet and organization showroom with vignettes featuring closets of all kinds in addition to mud rooms, entertainment centers, garage organization, home offices, pantries, and laundry rooms. 17 Echo Place; 658-0000; www.VTCustomClosets.com. •
Vermont Sweet Maple Kindling
Paul Ralston, the founder of Vermont Coffee Co., has launched Vermont Sweet Maple Kindling in Middlebury. The company sells 10-pound boxes of slow kiln-dried maple hardwood kindling that is chemical-free and sterilized to be bug- and mold-free. The kindling is available in grocery stores and markets throughout Vermont and several in New Hampshire and northern New York. 1197 Exchange St., 398-2776; www.vermontsweetmaple.com.
Waite-Heindel Environmental Management
Craig Heindel, CPG, senior hydrogeologist and former co-owner of Heindel & Noyes, joined Miles Waite, Ph.D., owner and senior hydrogeologist to form Waite-Heindel Environmental Management in Burlington. The firm offers various professional disciplines to engineers, municipalities, institutions, law firms, realty agencies, general industry, and residential and commercial property owners. Wendy Krembs, project scientist, and Chris Page, staff scientist, also of Heindel & Noyes, have joined the new firm. P.O. Box 4602; 860-9400; www.waiteenv.com.
Tim Heney of Heney Realtors announced the opening of an office in Barre. Heney joined forces with Town & Country Associates and is operating from Town & Country’s former location. Broker Carol Ellison of Town & Country, will continue in an advisory position, and Michelle Gosselin and Moe Fortier will continue to serve clients. Ray Mikus, a broker with Heney in Montpelier for four years, will be the broker in charge. 135 Washington St.; 476-6500; www.heneyrealtors.com.
Karen Nielsen announced the opening of Cafe Latina in Stowe. The cafe, which is open seven days a week, is the first in the country to be part of the Thrive Farmers coffee concept, a Costa Rican coffee initiative in which family farmers participate in the supply chain, in a farm to table concept. In addition to Costa Rican coffee, the cafe offers breakfast, baked goods, and lunch daily. Lunch dishes were inspired by Nielsen’s three Costa Rican restaurants. Breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 407 Mountain Road; 253-6777; www.cafelatinastowe.com. •