New Business



Marble Café & Gift Shop

The Marble Café & Gift Shop opened on the ground floor of the Vermont Marble Museum in Proctor with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. William Champine, chair of the Proctor Selectboard; Bruce Baccei, vice chair; and Desiree Moody, manager of the Vermont Marble Museum Gift Shop, did the honors, surrounded by town and state officials and Vermont Marble Museum employees. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. year-round, Tuesday through Saturday. 459-2750; 52 Main St.

Fantasy Football Draft Boards

Kyle Bombardier opened Fantasy Football Draft Boards in South Burlington, an online business that sells premium fantasy football boards for rookies through experts and leagues across the United States and Canada. All supplies are purchased from Vermont businesses. The site features relevant fantasy football news, rumors, and updates. 318-2911; •


Just Dance

Kylee Velde and Ana Araguas opened Just Dance in Rutland. The business offers classes that include ballet/pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, tango, swing, salsa, and Spanish dancing plus, for children, Creative Movement and Mommy and Me classes. 152 Woodstock Ave.; 345-6983;

Riverside Natural Health Center

Four licensed health professionals opened Riverside Natural Health Center in the Star Mill Building in Middlebury’s Frog Hollow area. Matthew Perchemlides is a Licensed Naturopathic Physician and a specialist in integrative medicine. Nieve Shere, an acupuncturist, holds a master of science in ethnobotany from the University of Kent in England and a master of science in acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture. Chenoa Hamilton is a traditional midwife, a Certified Professional Midwife through the North American Registry of Midwives, Licensed Midwife in Vermont, a certified doula, and Certified Lactation Consultant and Emergency Medical Technician. She is also certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation for adults, infants, and newborns. Stephanie Powers has been a massage practitioner since 1999. 5 Park St., Unit 3C; 989-7669.

NBT Bank

NBT Bank celebrated the opening of its downtown Rutland location at Shops at Gryphon Square, next to Small Dog Electronics. Peter O’Brien, NBT’s business development officer, joined a group of luminaries to celebrate with a ribbon-cutting. 122 West St.; 363-8377;

Slightly Off Center

Jaymie Gudelis announced the opening of Slightly Off Center, a boutique selling women’s jewelry and home accessories plus locally made gifts. 146 West St., Rutland; 855-8614. •


The Whiskey Decanter Co.

Matt Olson has opened The Whiskey Decanter Co. in Burlington. The online business provides custom-made, hand-blown whiskey decanters from around the globe. 373-2365;

Growler Garage

Brian Stone and Liam O’Farrell announced the opening of their business, the Growler Garage, in South Burlington. The site offers 21 taps of allegedly the best beers from Vermont and around the world. Features are a full-service tasting bar and half-gallon growler and quarter-gallon howler fill-ups. The partners claim to have the largest selection of bottled craft beers and fine wines in the area. Hours are Monday through Thursday, noon to 8 p.m.; Fridays noon to 10 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 10 Dorset St.; 865-BEER (2337);

Southside Steakhouse

Wally Sabotka opened Southside Steakhouse in Rutland. The restaurant is open for dinner with plans to add brunch in the near future. In addition to various steaks — signature dishes include dry-aged rib eye and dry-aged bone-in sirloin — other dishes include seafood entrees, pork, and ravioli. A “Sharing Sides” menu section lists favorites such as mac and cheese, sherried mushrooms, and roasted Brussels sprouts. The lounge opens at 4 p.m., dinner is at 5. The steakhouse is open until 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 170 South Main St.; 772-7556;

South Burlington Business Association

Several longtime business leaders and community members joined to form the South Burlington Business Association (SBBA), with a primary goal of promoting communication, dialog, and economic development in the city. Members of the South Burlington business community are welcome to join. The first meeting was held Sept. 16 with coffee and muffins at Burlington International Airport, followed by an introduction by Rick Milliken, general manager of the DoubleTree Hotel.


Market Forge

The Middleby Corp., the parent company of Blodgett Ovens, opened a facility in Essex for Market Forge, a company whose assets it bought in January. Market Forge manufactures proprietary steam cooking equipment for the commercial foodservice industry. Middleby has moved all of Market Forge’s production, sales, and engineering from Everett, Mass., to 19 Thompson Drive.

Pure Original

Heather and Brad Turnbull have opened Pure Original, selling handmade goods from more than 40 artists, and a section of fun, funky, rare vintage finds. 22 Center St., Rutland; 776-4944.

Turkish Cultural Center

The Turkish Cultural Center Vermont & Peace Islands Institute opened its doors at a ceremony in Burlington with Gov. Peter Shumlin as the honored guest, joining a host of other local and state officials and community members. 125 College St., 5th Floor; 448-0458;

Vermont Truffle Co.

Stephen and Anna Montanez opened Vermont Truffle Co. in Rutland with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. They have purchased the building at 37 Center St. and will manufacture truffles from this downtown location and sell their products on-site. The company specializes in handcrafted chocolate truffles using all natural, local ingredients. 772-0274;;


Because of the special issue, there were no New Businesses published in the August 2014 issue.


Pure Original

Heather and Brad Turnbull have opened Pure Original, selling handmade goods from more than 40 artists and a section of fun, funky, rare vintage finds. 22 Center St., Rutland; 776-4944.

Mélange on Main

Cara Worthley, a professional faux finisher, and Jolene McKay, a decorator, announced the opening of Mélange on Main, a home decor store in Burlington featuring Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan and complementary products to enhance painting finishes, plus a collection of home furnishings, accents, finishes, and giftware. Monthly workshops will be offered in using Chalk Paint finishes. Tony Shaw of Queen City Real Estate represented the tenant, and Barbara Surprenant represented the landlord, Investors Corporation of Vermont. 40 Main St.; 497-2816;;

Earth Sky Animal Healing

Christine Sullivan, a Certified Holistic animal healer and Reiki master, opened an animal healing practice serving central and northern Vermont. specializing in working with animals experiencing cancer, physical and emotional trauma, surgery, and behavioral and end-of-life issues. Sullivan is an animal healer, rescuer, and author of two books, 44 Days Out of Kandahar and Saving Cinnamon. Her work has been featured by CNN, Fox News, USA Today, NPR, and Dog Fancy magazine. (910) 338-0511;;

Dunkin’ Donuts

Dunkin’ Donuts opened on Woodstock Avenue in Rutland. It offers eat-in and drive-through services. The franchisees are Laura Merone Walsh, Joe Merone, and Larry Trombett. To celebrate the grand opening, Laura Merone-Walsh and members of the Dunkin’ Donuts crew formed a Relay for Life team and participated in Rutland County’s Relay for Life. 93 Woodstock Ave.


Anna Thelemarck and Missa Aloisi, architects, launched Hinge Inc., an architecture business in Burlington. It includes a traditional architecture firm, a coworking studio, and a storefront. The firm serves the demographic that architecture firms tend to serve; the studio will lease co-working space to independent home design professionals such as landscape architects, interior designers, structural engineers, and builders; and the storefront will offer image and material design libraries, a menu of design services, workshops, and a reference desk. 194 College St.; 923-3088;


ClearChoiceMD of New London, N.H., announced the opening of the first of five urgent care/occupational health offices in Vermont. The Berlin office is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ClearChoiceMD provides urgent care services for non–life threatening injuries and illnesses, plus physical examinations, drug and alcohol testing, and treatment of work-related injuries. Walk-in service is offered. 798 U.S. Route 302, Berlin; 744-0138.

Otter Creek Kitchenware and Electronics

Greg Alexander and Sammy Barnes announced the opening of Otter Creek Kitchenware and Electronics in Middlebury. The store offers a wide assortment of brands at all price points, including small appliances, cookware, bakeware, tableware, tools, and gadgets, plus a sprinkling of specialty TV and home entertainment products not previously available in Addison County. Open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 200 Maple St., in the Marble Works area; 349-8803;


Macklin Consultants

Tom Mackin has opened Mackin Consultants LLC in Williston, providing business owners and bankers with construction oversight. Services include review of contractors’ requisitions and change orders, construction documents, value engineering, and serving as owner’s representative and clerk of the works. 528 Essex Road, Suite 203; 316-6006;

Minou Kids

Julie Harvey and Marie-Michelle Gaudreau announced the opening of Minou Kids, an online shopping destination showcasing a selection of the best in children’s clothing. The one-stop shopping destination is bolstered by a partnership with The Vermont Country Store, which is providing back-end fulfillment. Minou Kids is run from Harvey’s home office in Manchester Center. Gaudreau manages the website and marketing from her home in Charlotte. Gaudreau worked with Canadian retail giant La Maison Simons and with Burton Snowboards. Harvey was with Cossette Communications, one of Canada’s largest ad agencies.

The Mounted Cat

A modern reinvention of the classic lodge, The Mounted Cat, featuring views of Lake Champlain, eclectic modern American cuisine, and cyclist-friendly amenities, has opened at the Hilton Burlington. The restaurant’s entrance features stylized gates with hand-blown glass and Vermont slate accents. The flooring consists of wooden planks reclaimed from a farmhouse, burgundy tapestry and hand-tooled leather accents on the furniture, and metalwork akin to 20th-century blacksmithing. Custom-forged light fixtures are from Hubbardton Forge. Technological conveniences include tablet-docking stations on the bar top and communal tables. Seasonal seating is available on the exterior lakeside patio called “The Cat-io,” which showcases multiple fire features, a stack-stone chimney, and a vine-covered exterior wall. The Mounted Cat is a member of the Vermont Fresh Network and features local and regional products. Provided for cyclists is covered bike parking, a fixed bike maintenance station complete with loaner tools and public tire pressure station, and complimentary water bottle fill-ups. 658-6500;

Video Queen

Jessica Pominville opened Video Queen, a video rental store that will stock new releases and old favorites, in Middlebury. Pominville’s goal is to provide customer convenience and offer families a place to socialize and “just hang out.” Hours are Monday through Thursday, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 3:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 9:30 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 7:30 p.m. 1320 U.S. Route 7 South; 989-5564.

Burlington Labs

Michael and Jodie Casarico, founders and owners of Burlington Labs, announced the opening of their newest collection site, a walk-in center in Springfield. It is the seventh addition to the company’s Vermont sites. The hours of operation in Springfield are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 2 to 5:45 p.m. 256 River Street in the Riverside Plaza;


Bleu Northeast Seafood

Jay Canning and Chuck DesLaureiers, the owners of Hotel Vermont, announced the opening of Bleu Northeast Seafood, a restaurant in their Marriott Courtyard Burlington Harbor. Wayne Freeman is the chef. Bleu is open for breakfast and dinner and serves the freshest available regional seafood, with a concentration on North Atlantic maritime seafood. The space was designed by Kim Deetjen, Nancy Ruben, and Keith Nelson of TruexCullins Interiors, which also supplied the photo. 25 Cherry St., Burlington; 864-8600;

@Work Personnel Service

Debbie Moody of South Burlington, president of @WORK Personnel Services for the Maine and Vermont division, announced the opening of an @WORK office in South Burlington. The office will supply local and regional companies with temporary, temp-to-hire, and full-time placements, and payroll services. The @WORK Group was recently recognized as one of the leading staffing franchises nationwide and named to the Inavero’s “Best of Staffing” list for Client Satisfaction two years in a row. Emily Morgan and Racheal Ryan will run the day-to-day operations. 4049 Williston Road; 658-9900;


BTV Search

Kyle Bombardier and Matthew Olson have opened BTV Search, a Colchester company providing business owners with digital marketing services such as search engine optimization, paid search advertising, email marketing, and website design. 249 Aurielle Drive; 373-2365;

VSECU St. Johnsbury

VSECU opened its first physical location in the Northeast Kingdom in St. Johnsbury Center. The branch offers all VSECU financial products and services and includes remote teller machines and a fully accessible, 24/7 ATM. The branch is a newly renovated property designed as an environmentally sustainable and energy-efficient building to meet Energy Star certification standards. Amenities include a community room that can be reserved and used by area residents, and a tech center where members can access free WiFi with their personal devices or with ones supplied by the credit union. Marcel Dionne of St. Johnsbury was named market manager. 1036 Memorial Drive; (802/800) 371-5162;

Sellers Treybal Structural Engineers

Greg Sellers, P.E., LEED AP, and John Treybal, P.E., announced the opening of their structural engineering firm, Sellers Treybal Structural Engineers, with offices in Shelburne and Middlebury. Together, the partners have more than 28 years of structural engineering and project management experience on all types of building projects. 145 Pine Haven Shores Road, Suite 2091, Shelburne, 377-8330; P.O. Box 1229, Middlebury, 377-8330;


Brennan Punderson PLLC

Attorneys Kevin T. Brennan and Ebenezer Punderson have opened Brennan Punderson PLLC, a general practice law firm in Middlebury with a branch office in Monkton. Brennan has maintained a solo practice in Monkton and will continue at that office as the Monkton branch of Brennan Punderson. Punderson heads the Middlebury office. 99 Maple St., Suite 10B, Marble Works, Middlebury; 989-8342. 1317 Davis Road, Monkton; 453-8400.

Hobby Lobby

Hobby Lobby, a privately held national retail chain of craft and home decor stores with headquarters in Oklahoma, opened its first Vermont location in Rutland. The 47,000-square-foot space that was formerly home to a Hannaford grocery, was renovated to house the business. 245 S. Main St.; 747-6165.


Cape Air

Cape Air, a JetBlue partner, has opened a downtown ticket office in Rutland next to Small Dog Electronics. The office is open six days a week for information and ticket purchases. It also acts as a call center for reservations on Cape Air, which operates three daily round-trip flights from Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport to Logan International Airport in Boston. 118 West St., Suite 104; 800-227-3247;


InXpress of Vermont

Mike Coleman and Andrea DeLaBruere opened InXpress of Vermont, a shipping consultancy company offering businesses international and domestic shipping services and expertise in integrated online cart solutions. The goal is to streamline the shipping process. InXpress is an authorized sales partner for the courier company DHL. 233-5042; or;

Winooski Circle Arts

Liza Cowan announced the opening of Winooski Circle Arts, a cooperative store featuring local arts, crafts, home and personal accessories, and comestibles. More than 35 Vermont artists and makers display their wares, among them, wooden bowls and utensils, handbags, ceramics, nail polish, millinery, lighting, and greeting cards, plus a hint of vintage pieces. Open from Wednesday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 41 Main St., on the roundabout; 399-2670.

Raw Honey Apparel

Rebecca Buonadonna opened Raw Honey Apparel in downtown Rutland, a shop selling premium denim and fashion forward clothing in various styles, plus accessories, shoes, purses, and gifts. 5 Center St.; 776-4927.

IdleFast Events

Lance Ohlsson announced the launch of IdleFast Events, a cycling excursion and training company that develops and manages cycling events and domestic and international trips, hosts cycling sports events, and supports enthusiasts with pre-event training regimens. The coaching services bring over 27 years of experience to the business. 34 Cortland Ave., South Burlington; 703-835-4184;;

Hanson House

Cheryl Potter, the owner of Cherry Hill Yarn, announced the opening of Hanson House, a newly renovated 1800s farmhouse in Barton with five bedroom, four baths, and a large catering kitchen available to rent for retreats, weddings, reunions, and other gatherings, or just as a place to stay. Many of the original farm buildings remain. It sits on nine acres adjacent to the Orleans County Fairgrounds, and 15 miles from Burke Mountain. Hanson House is available to rent by the day, week, or month. 525-3311;