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Hall & Sheltra

Mary Hall and Diana Sheltra, EA, CFE, announced the creation of Hall & Sheltra LLC and the opening of two new businesses: Tax Resolutions LLC and Fraud Prevention Consultants LLC. Hall is an attorney licensed in Vermont and Texas, and Sheltra is an enrolled agent and certified fraud examiner and the owner of Sheltra Tax & Accounting since 2002. Tax Resolutions provides relief for taxpayers who have fallen behind in filing tax returns, facing an audit, or wanting to submit an Offer in Compromise. The goal of Fraud Prevention Consultants is to provide businesses and organizations with procedures to prevent fraud, as well as investigate whether fraud has already occurred. 76 Pearl St., Suite 207, Essex Junction; 662-4127.

Kid Logic Learning

Kid Logic Learning will open Technology Park’s first early care and education center on August 28. The company’s primary location on Ethan Allen Drive in South Burlington has gained a five-star reputation and is a leader among Vermont’s early education programs. Kid Logic will be located inside the 30 Community Drive building and serve all of the park’s early care and education needs. Crystal Thompson-Pollard is the owner of Kid Logic. ReArch Co. is renovating the 6,200-sqaure-foot space. Hours are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Union Bank

Union Bank has opened a new, full-service branch at 31 Market St., Finney Crossing, in Williston. The bank’s South Burlington Loan Center has been moved to the second floor of the Williston facility. Maureen M. Golden has been named branch manager. She has held branch manager positions for several Chittenden County banks in her 30-year career. •


There were no new businesses published in the July 2019 issue.


Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty

Leslee MacKenzie, the president/owner of Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty, announced the firm has opened a real estate sales center in Vergennes. The Vergennes location expands the firm’s presence in Addison County and extends the level of services available to clients and agents. The office at 268 Main St. is open by appointment. 863-1500. •


Integrative Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

After 10 years, acupuncturist Kerry Boyle, L.Ac, of Integrative Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Montpelier has opened a second location, at 373 Blair Park Road, 2nd Floor, Williston. Integrative Acupuncture has collaborated with physicians The University of Vermont Health Network–Central Vermont Medical Center to provide complementary and natural medical care for pain, stress, headaches, allergies, and addictions.

The Rose Agency

Charles Rose announced the opening of The Rose Agency, a Horace Mann Agency, to provide insurance and retirement solutions to educators in central Vermont, including Rutland and portions of Addison, Windsor, and Bennington counties. Rose has more than 17 years of insurance experience in the region. The office is adjacent to Rutland High School. 24A Stratton Road; 772-4432;

Vermont Outdoor Business Alliance (VOBA)

Vermont Outdoor Business Alliance, a statewide nonprofit group of private-sector businesses, was formed to educate Vermonters about outdoor recreation and Vermont outdoor recreation businesses about business development initiatives, collaboration opportunities, and outdoor recreation economy policy. The president is Josh Pombar, marketing director of Turtle Fur. Kelly Ault is the executive director. Businesses supporting VOBA range from apparel manufacturers such as Turtle Fur and Skida to retailers like Outdoor Gear Exchange and WND&WVS to recreation facilities such as Bolton Valley and Trapp Family Lodge. Since its founding, VOBA has hosted a series of roundtable discussions, and upcoming networking and information-sharing events will culminate in a statewide industry summit at the end of the year.

Perky Planet Coffee

Richard Vaughn opened Perky Planet Coffee, a Burlington coffee café designed to employ persons with disabilities. The shop is in the new Eagles Landing Property on St. Paul Street. Tony Blake of V/T Commercial represented the Perky Planet in the lease, and Steve Donahue of Donahue & Associates represented Champlain College, the landlord. 194 St. Paul St.; 752-7670; •


Chad Dion Real Estate

Realtor Chad Dion has opened Chad Dion Real Estate and will focus on investment properties and residential real estate brokerage. Dion has 22 years’ experience as a real estate agent. 1018 Blakely Road, Colchester; 318-1599.


City Hardware

Gordon and Debbie Winters have opened City Hardware in downtown Burlington, which last saw a hardware store 35 years ago. The store is a member of the national Ace cooperative and will occupy over 4,000 square feet on College Street across from City Hall Park. Jeff Nick and David Curley of NAI/J.L. Davis Realty assisted the Winterses and the landlord, Grandview Farms Inc. Chris Mason of Champlain Industries is the general contractor for the landlord, while Bob Duncan of Duncan Wisniewski Architects is the architect. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 156 College St.; 651-8355


Jason Sugarman and Ron Cong announced the opening of Pokéworks, a healthy, fast-casual poke restaurant specializing in Hawaiian-inspired poke bowls and burritos, in Burlington. Sugarman and Cong own and operate seven Pokéworks franchise locations. (Poke is a traditional Native Hawaiian dish featuring diced raw fish.) The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 40 Church St.; 658-1818;

Mumley Engineering

Tyler Mumley has opened Mumley Engineering, a full-service civil engineering firm, in Stowe. The firm provides personal service, economical in-house expertise, and goal-oriented solutions for residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal developments. Mumley has lived and worked in the Stowe area for nearly 10 years, and spearheaded the Morrisville branch office for Ruggiano Engineering, with which he intends to share workloads. 454 Mountain Road; 881-6314;

Nu Chocolat LLC

Kevin and Laura Toohey and their children Virginia and Rowan Toohey announced the opening of Nu Chocolat LLC, their 2,788-square-foot production and retail facility, in Burlington. The Tooheys formerly made chocolates for Bijou Fine Chocolate in Shelburne. They leased the Burlington space from Investors Corporation of Vermont. Tony Blake of V/T Commercial assisted both parties in the transaction. 180 Battery St., Suite 110; 540-8378;


There were no new businesses published in the February 2019 issue.



Vermonters Dan Emmons and Geoff Poulin, the principals of Wide Gamut Graphics Inc., dba FASTSIGNS-490101, have opened a FASTSIGNS franchise at 1335 Shelburne Road in South Burlington. Justin Beaudin is a graphic designer. FASTSIGNS is an international franchisor providing custom sign and graphics products. Services include sign shipping and storage, installation, permitting, graphic design, and content development. Broker Esther Lotz was Wide Gamut’s broker-consultant in obtaining the lease from E. David Crane, Trustee of the Edward B. Crane Living Trust. 1335 Shelburne Road; 391-8980;

iSun Energy

iSun Energy LLC opened its first U.S. office in Burlington. The Montreal solar technology developer selected Vermont for its proximity to the border and its innovative and environmentally conscious public policy and support for startups. iSun, associated with the Canadian firm Renewz Sustainable Solutions, founded in 2011 by its CEO, Sass Peress, develops and deploys solar-powered electric vehicle charging stations and creates solar power stations for cities, shopping malls, universities, utilities, car dealerships, and power research facilities. It rented a spot in a co-working space and is in the process of hiring workers and finding office space.•