New Business

1998

December

The Vermont Telecommunications Application Center has been established at Champlain College's Information Commons, 163 S. Willard St., Burlington. The center was conceptualized by the Public Service Board, Department of Public Service and the Vermont Business Roundtable. I t aims to educate small businesses, organizations, teachers and state government about the latest telecommunications technology. Alan B. Kamman is executive director. The board of directors consists of David Usher, Resolution Inc.; Jerald Johnson, Hill Associates; Richard Sedano, Vermont Department of Public Service; Roger Perry, Champlain College; Con Hogan, Agency of Human Services; Robert Gershon, Castleton State College; William Montgomery Sr., Fletcher Allen Health Care; V. Louise McCarren, Bell Atlantic; John Kelly, Atlantic Cellular/Cellular One; and Rita Ricketson, Musical I Press. (802) 865-6448. (802) 865-6447 (fax). www.vtac.org.

Inventors Direct Sales International has opened in South Burlington to help launch products in the United States. The company, which has an office in South Africa, helps inventors from concept through sale. Blackie Swart, president, is in charge of engineering and has been involved in new product development for nearly 30 years. His wife, Liesje Swart, sources and screens inventions in the South African office before they are sent to the United States. Neal Graham, vice president of N.H. Lyons & Co. in New York City, is vice president of Inventors Direct Sales International and is in charge of marketing. Jeannette Stewart, former co-owner of a local pension administration company, is operations manager. (802) 658-8409.

Timothy Grannis and Susan Hurd have opened the Grannis Gallery at 170 Bank St., Burlington. The gallery represents more than a dozen contemporary American jewelry artists and showcases Grannis's hand-forged gold jewelry. Grannis opened a goldsmith's studio in Underhill in 1976, was a founding partner of kaleidoscope company Prism Design in 1984, and wholesales a 14-karat designer line to more than 100 jewelry stores and craft galleries, as well as eight international venues. He is chief designer and goldsmith, managing design and production at the new business. Hurd was responsible for sales, administration and customer service at Yarrington Weaving Studio. She manages Grannis Gallery's wholesale and retail sales. (802) 660-2032. (802) 660-8662 (fax).

Susan Fitzpatrick has established College Selection/Job Directions at 4 Elsom Parkway, South Burlington. College Selection is a consulting service that works with students individually, guiding them to colleges that best fit their needs and interests. Job Directions is for students who have graduated from college or dropped out. The service helps determine their skills and interests and matches them to career paths. Fitzpatrick is a certified counselor who has worked in public education for more than 20 years. (802) 863-0556 (voice/fax). [email protected]

Jay Lyon has established K-9 Baths/The Sharpening Shoppe at 205 St. Paul St., Burlington. K-9 Baths is a pet grooming salon with a self-service dog wash, featuring an elevated tub. Supplies include shampoo, conditioners, sanitized combs, brushes, shears, nail cutters, aprons, blow dryers and towels. Nerissa Silchenko handles grooming. Lyon brings his specialized scissors sharpening experience to The Sharpening Shoppe. He is certified by the Wolff Industries Training Center in Spartanburg, N.C., and caters to professional groomers, hair stylists and veterinarians. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m., seven days a week. (802) 862-1688.

November

The Vermont Alliance of Non Profit Organizations, a group of non-profit leaders from across the state, has been established at 131 Lyman Ave., Burlington. The group seeks to strengthen the non- profit sector by establishing a unified identity and providing key services and resources. Jane Van Buren is its coordinator. (802) 862-0292. [email protected]

Publisher John C. Gosselin has established Grouse Point Inc. in Fairfax, publisher of The Grouse Point Almanac. The color, glossy magazine is published quarterly, and is targeted toward the upland hunter with an emphasis on ruffed grouse and woodcock. Gosselin has 20 years of sales and marketing experience, and has chaired the Green Mountain chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society for seven years. Gosselin's wife, Julie Gosselin, is vice president/treasurer; Matt Crawford is editor; and David Lustgarten of DL Design is art director. (802) 849-9000. (802) 849-6452 (fax). [email protected] www.grousepoint.com.

Charlene Ann Badke and Pat Robins have established c.b. fitness at Union Station Inc. at 1 Main St., Burlington. The health and fitness facility offers customized memberships, spinning, a golfing exercise program, a Pilates-inspired program, cardiovascular and weight equipment, exercise classes, certified personal trainers, fitness consultations, free towel service, a variety of wellness programs and more. Badke, president of the company, has worked as a fitness consultant and educator throughout the United States and overseas. Robins is with The SymQuest Group. Open Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to noon. (802) 864-BFIT (2348).

October

Graybar Electric Co. Inc. of Rutland has opened a branch in the Westside Business Park at 45 Williston Road, the former Williston indoor soccer facility. The company supplies electrical equipment and communications/data supplies. Jo Daly is the Williston contact. (802) 660-9900. (802) 660-8700 (fax).

Gallagher Flynn Financial Advisors LLC (GFFA), a registered investment advisor, is a new affiliate of Gallagher, Flynn & Co., PLC (GFC). GFFA maintains a relationship with Manchester Capital Management, a Vermont independent investment advisory firm, to offer financial and investment planning with implementation assistance from GFC. The new affiliate is headed by GFC director Jim Donohue, with assistance from GFC tax manager and investment advisory representative Jason Cadwell. (802) 863-1331.

Emily Houston has established Hollyhock House in her 1815 brick Federal home at 904 Main Street North, Bakersfield, along Vermont 108. Houston hand smocks heirloom garments such as christening gowns, dresses, bonnets and other children’s and women’s wear with lawn and batiste fabrics. The store also carries German Gotz dolls, Raggedy Ann dolls, Belgian linens and bobbin lace, fabrics, smocking supplies, glassware, antiquities and other gifts. Open by appointment. 827-6540. [email protected]

Hubbard Construction Inc. in Williston has started developing Highland Ridge at Vermont National, a 19-lot custom home neighborhood within the new Vermont National Golf Course in South Burlington. House lots include backyards facing the 11th and 16th holes of the course and social membership in the club.

Donnalee Kelly has established Do I Know You/Who’s Watching the Children at 50 Blair Road, Poultney. Do I Know You specializes in tenant and employee screening, including verification of licenses, education and previous employment. The company can work to obtain an applicant’s driving record, worker’s compensation, credit history, criminal records and more. Who’s Watching the Children performs background checks on childcare givers, including comparisons with available child abuse registries and psychological screenings. Kelly has a retail management background, and was most recently with the Levi’s outlet in Lake George, N.Y. 287-5571. 287-5542 (fax). www.doiknowyou.com. [email protected]

September

Smart Communications Inc., an advertising and marketing firm, has opened an office in Sherburne. Stephanie Staub is sales representative for Rutland and Windsor counties. The company has headquarters in Vergennes and contracts to sell advertising for several publications, including Vermont Life, Vermont Traveler, Vermont Quarterly and Middlebury Magazine. [email protected] (802) 786-2186 (phone/fax).

Motel 6-Burlington has opened at 75 South Park Drive, Colchester, off Exit 16 of Interstate 89. The 106-room motel features interior corridors, electronic door locks, outdoor pool, computer data ports and no surcharges or access charges for long-distance calls. www.motel6.com. (802) 654-6860.

Urbanwhere.com, an online hip-hop clothing store operated by Shark Interactive of Burlington and Tip Top Stores in Irvington, N.J., has launched Gurlwear.com, a division featuring hip-hop clothing for women.

Robert Stannard and Shane Sweet have established Stannard & Sweet in Manchester. The consulting firm specializes in association management, government and regulatory affairs, communications, and grass roots development. The firm focuses on the administration and development of trade associations and other non-profit groups seeking to organize, increase their membership and support, and develop market, media and legislative presences. The firm also offers government affairs services for associations, non-profit groups, and businesses operating or wishing to operate in Vermont. (802) 362-3658. [email protected]

August

Piero Coppola has opened Piero's Salon, a full-service hair salon also offering body waxing, nail care and massage, in the Chace Mill on Mill Street, Burlington. The facility uses no-ammonia bleaches and perms and low-ammonia colors. A circulator and ionizer move and purify the air. The salon is open six days a week with four operators on staff. (802) 652-9000.

Investment representative Carl Garbelotti announced that Edward Jones, the St. Louis-based financial services company, has opened an office in Suite 304 of Park Plaza in Burlington. The firm serves individual investors exclusively, and offers a variety of investments including certificates of deposit, taxable and tax- free bonds, stocks and mutual funds. (802) 660-8434.

Nick & Morrissey Development LLC have opened the first Borders Books & Music store in Vermont. The store occupies 24,400 square feet in the former Miller's Landmark building at 29 Church St., Burlington. Jeff Nick of J.L Davis Realty represented owner Robert Miller of The Miller Group, during negotiations with Borders. Nick and Dan Morrissey of Wright & Morrissey Construction Inc. then purchased Miller's Landmark from Miller. (802) 865-2711.

New Services

RVS Enterprises, an Essex Junction technology marketing company, has created the Technology Training Center, offering computer and Internet training to individuals and companies. Classes include: MS Office, networks, the Internet, Windows 95 and 98, and Web design/HTML.

Big Heavy World, a website dedicated to "Burlington's urban scene," has opened its online music store, the Indie Co-Op, a resident of the Yahoo! Store virtual shopping mall. The store was constructed by James Lockridge and offers for sale CDs of less-known artists, many from the Burlington area.

July

Sarah L. Smith has established The Personal Organizer, a business specializing in management of paperwork for the home and small business office. Smith creates and maintains systems for cataloging antiques, art, and other special collections, arranging paperwork for the elderly and disabled, and managing personal papers for busy business people. She is well versed in most office software for Mac and PC systems. Smith worked as a personal assistant and as a stage manager Off-Broadway in New York City. She has worked at the John Houseman Theatre and with Primary Stages. A long-time Vermont resident, Smith lives in Shelburne. (802) 363-3939.

Gregory LeRoy, CRC, has established VOFORE Services in Hinesburg. The vocational forensics and rehabilitation company provides vocational rehabilitation services to individuals and performs vocational assessments and consulting upon referral by attorneys, insurance companies, employers, self-insureds and economists. Case applications include personal injury, medical malpractice, worker's compensation, employment law, divorce, wrongful death and long-term disability. The company provides information regarding the effect of an injury or other event on an individual's ability to work and establishes the lifetime costs of disability. LeRoy is a certified rehabilitation counselor, vocational expert witness and litigation consultant. [email protected] (802) 482-6093. (802) 482-6094 (fax).

Copley Health Systems of Morrisville and Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington opened Copley Woodlands, a 40-unit retirement community at 125 Thomas Lane, Stowe. The complex was designed by The Burley Partnership in Waitsfield and constructed by Engelberth Construction Co. in Burlington. The community features a dining room, screened veranda, courtyard, gardens and an activity area. Residents own 1,100-square-foot apartments. The staff includes chief administrator David Helprin; concierge Libby Helprin, who also manages the dining room; personal services coordinator Lisa Carrick; and director of sales Mickey Myers. www.copleywoodlands.com. (802) 253-4203.

Hawthorn Suites has opened at 401 Dorset St., South Burlington. The facility contains 79 one- and two-bedroom suites with kitchens. It's owned and operated by Buffalo, N.Y.-based Hart Hotels Inc., an independent hotel management company that owns and operates four inns and two restaurants in upstate New York and Utah. Donald Bruce is general manager. (802) 860-1212. (802) 860-1800 (fax).

Shark Interactive, a division of Burlington advertising agency Shark Communications, in conjunction with Tip Top of Irvington, N.J., launched Urbanwhere.com, an online clothing store offering hip hop fashions. www.urbanwhere.com. [email protected] (802) 658-5440.

Richard T. Feeley, president of Coburn & Feeley Property Management Inc., has formed Feeley Commercial Real Estate. Feeley was president of Coburn & Feeley Real Estate, which merged with Hickok & Boardman Realty last year. Feeley Commercial Real Estate specializes in real estate consulting and the sale of commercial and investment property as well as operating businesses. The new business shares offices with Coburn & Feeley Property Management in the Wells Richardson Building, 125 College St., Burlington. (802) 658-6666.

Jane Pominville has established Professional Secretarial Services, a home-based business in Bristol. The company offers word processing, resumes, desktop publishing, bookkeeping, filing, power point presentations, transcribing, invitations and fliers. Pominville participated in the office systems and procedures course at the Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury, and is taking the International Correspondence School's secretarial professional course. (802) 453-7167. [email protected]

Joanne Barup has opened The Classy Closet, a consignment store specializing in recycled clothing and accessories, at 88 Heineberg Road in Colchester. She established the business in 1994; she also owns stores on Williston Road, South Burlington, and Main Street, Winooski. The new store is staffed by Sherylee Sarandis, Stacie Beaupre and Brennan Leddy. Open Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (802) 862-6411.

New Services

The Vermont Credit Union League & Services Corp. in Burlington, a trade association for the state's 46 credit unions, has created CUFamily Mortgage, a program that helps credit unions provide mortgages. Timothy Poirier, formerly of Merchants Bank, oversees the program as director of mortgage services.

Dawn Dugan of Dugan Media Services, a writing communications company in Charlotte, announced Edit XPress, an overnight copyediting and proofreading service. Clients fax copy to the company by 5 p.m., and receive an edited version by 9 a.m. the next day.

Sandra Bechtel and Lauren Parker of MBA Resources have opened an on-site medical business career training program in the CornerStone Building at 3 Main St., Burlington. The company offers two types of programs: a six-week course to prepare people for medical billing and office work in medical practices, and a series of seminars to enhance skills of current medical business staff. MBA Resources offers medical management and billing services to doctors' offices and hospitals.

June

Jerry Eidem, a Minnesota-licensed lawyer, has established CyberShingle in South Burlington. The website creation company specializes in site creation and makeover development services for the legal community. www.cybershingle.com. [email protected] (802) 864-1985.

Jan Doerler has established Creative Vision, a full service graphic design business, at 186 College St., Burlington. Doerler has 20 years' experience in advertising and design. She was founding art director and production director of The Provincetown Banner, a community newspaper that was named best weekly in New England in 1996 by the New England Press Association. Creative Vision provides one-stop shopping, from logo design and brochures, to website design, direct marketing pieces and annual reports. (802) 658-9300.

James and Jerold Jorschick announced the creation of Jorschick Construction and Development Corp., a full-service general contracting and construction management company. James was employed by one of the hundred largest construction companies in the nation for 10 years. Jerold was an account executive for an international finance company. (802) 899-2209.

Mary Rocque has established Database Solutions, a database management company, at 1 Pine Haven Shore Road, Shelburne. The firm helps businesses maintain accurate information on their databases, process direct mail campaigns, print contact schedules and generate reports on marketing results, sales and service activities. (802) 985-8440. (802) 985-8449 (fax) [email protected]

May

Appletree Publishing has announced the launch of a statewide newspaper, Vermont Employment Digest, and its website, employmentdigest.com. The weekly newspaper will be delivered to over 1,000 locations thoughout the state. Job seekers can find employment listings in the newspaper and online. The newspaper will include business news, interview and resume tips, company profiles, and education and career counseling. Appletree Publishing, owned by Paul and Marianne Apfelbaum, publishes Vermont Maturity Magazine and the Williston Whistle. (802) 872-9000.

KeyBank N.A. has opened in-store bank branches at the Hannaford Bros. Superstores in South Burlington and Essex. These locations complete KeyBank’s expansion into the eight Hannaford facilites in the Vermont/Champlain Valley area that began in June 1996. The in-store branches comprise one-third of the KeyCenters in KeyBank’s Vermont-Clinton County, N.Y., district. The Lang Farm branch is staffed by Susan Lafayette, sales leader; Meredith Curric, sales associate; Michele Mitchell, client relations coordinator; and Kyle Kramer, client relations representative. Staff for the Dorset Street, South Burlington, branch are: Maryann Baker, sales leader; Heather Knox, sales associate; Betty Jo Goodrich, sales associate; and Antony Dennis, sales associate/ key investments specialist. The KeyCenters are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

Jeff Brasure has opened New England Electronic Supply, an over-the-counter wholesaler of electronic building systems products and services, at 47 Park St., Essex Junction. Contractors, business owners, end users and homeowners can purchase systems, parts wire and services for their security, fire, intercom, closed-circuit TV, sound and access control needs. The company offers advice and assistance for design, installation drawings, programming, problem solving and support documentation for proposals. The facility includes a fully stocked parts department, and offers contractor discounts. Brasure also owns Green Mountain Systems & Service Inc. at the same address, which sells and services security, fire, CCTV, intercom and sound products. (802) 872-3522.

Michael Papariello, owner of Green Mountain Sportscards at 19 Church St., Burlington, has announced the opening of Green Mountain Beanie World at the same location. Papariello added the Beanie Babies selection as an extension of the trading card industry ?the bean-stuffed animals have intrinsic value and are an affordable collectible. In addition to new Beanie Babies, the store buys, sells and trades rare and hard-to-find Beanie Babies and collecting supplies, including protective tags and display cases. The store is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (802) 660-9410.

CTC Communications is an old name for a new business. After 10 years as a sales agent of Nynex/Bell Atlantic in Vermont, CTC Communications, a NASDAQ-listed regional company covering New England and New York and headquartered in Waltham, Mass., has become a competitor of Bell Atlantic. The company’s Vermont branch is the first switchless “competitive local exchange carrier” (CLEC) in the state, a new type of phone company created by the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The act created CLECs to compete with regional monopolies, such as Bell Atlantic. It allows CTC, which owns no telephone infrastructure of its own, to purchase service from the “incumbent regulated regional phone monopoly” ?Bell Atlantic ?to resell to business customers at competitive rates with enhanced product and service offerings. CTC offers local and long distance, voice and data, teleconferencing, fax blasting and Internet services under one monthly statement. The Colchester office at 1 Roosevelt Highway is managed by Tom Wendt. CTC has 17 telecommunications specialists around the state. (802) 654-0600.

Ken Millman and Jon Shenton have established Spike Advertising in Fairfield as a creative resource for advertising agencies and select businesses ?offering their creative services on a project basis. Millman was a creative director at Hayes Group in Williston; Shenton was an art director with Hayes. Before moving to Vermont a year ago, Millman was with Bayer/Brown in Reno and Las Vegas. Shenton came to Vermont three years ago from Hasten Design Studio in Washington, D.C. (802) 524-0451.

April

Michael Felber announced the formation of Partners in Human Resources, a human resources consulting firm in St. George for small-business owners. The company provides development of employee files and forms, policies and procedures, training programs, job description development and more. Felber was director of human resources for a national financial corporation. [email protected] (802) 482-3933.

Webco Industries, the U.S. subsidiary of Webco Crane & Hoist, a Toronto, Ontario, manufacturer and distributor, has opened in Catamount Industrial Park in Milton. The company, which manufactures and distributes overhead cranes and hoists for interior use in large manufacturing operations, has completed a 20,000-square-foot building to accommodate the company’s shop and warehouse with additional space to rent to other businesses. Webco has been a subcontractor to Husky Injection Molding of Ontario for 10 years, and will continue its commitment to Husky with its latest expansion. Jeff Loomis is the manager of the Milton facility. (802) 893-2025.

Leigh SykesVermont Life Safety has opened at 2 Dorset Lane, Williston, providing repair, inspection and testing of fire safety devices for commercial, industrial and retail buildings. Sykes holds three licenses from the state ?for work with fire alarms and pumps, suppression systems, and sprinkler systems. The state requires inspection of fire alarms and sprinkler systems yearly, and twice-yearly inspection of suppression systems. Sykes’ firm is one of the few that can provide service for all fire safety systems. Sykes has owned a security company, managed Ascutney Mountain Resort, and worked for AFP Fire Co. of Windsor, a business he bought in late 1997 to use as the foundation of Vermont Life Safety. (802) 872-5774.

Matthew Williams has established Spruce Mountain Arts, an electronic publishing firm specializing in Web sites and multimedia presentations, in Plainfield. Williams is a sociologist with a specialty in information design. [email protected] (802) 479-6205.

Daniel Clark has opened Employer Resources, a human resources consulting firm, in Burlington. The firm offers state-of-the-art pre-employment assessment tools, interim and temporary services in the areas of staff development, contingency recruitment and out-placement. Clark was manager of the Bakos Group, and was with Snelling and Snelling Personnel Services. (802) 863-5704.

Eurowest Properties Inc. has announced the opening of Springmaid-Wamsutta in the Essex Outlet Fair. Springmaid-Wamsutta is a national outlet store offering bedroom, bath and kitchen accessories, linens and towels. The Essex Outlet Fair is located at the intersection of Vermont 15 and Vermont 289 in Essex.

Rex and June Sheperd of Colchester have established Happy at Home Pet Sitters, a bonded and insured pet-sitting service. The Sheperds, members of Pet Sitters International, make daily visits to pets, to feed, exercise or play with them, as well as providing house-sitting services. (802) 860-PETS (7387).

Barr & Barr Inc., a construction management company, has announced the opening of an office at 2031 Shelburne Road, Shelburne. The firm has offices in New York City; Boston, Mass.; New Haven, Conn.; and on Maple Street in Middlebury. Mary Lintermann, who recently joined the firm as director of business development, is working out of the Shelburne office. (802) 985-8070.

Kathleen C. Lawson has opened Kathleen’s Administrative Services, a home business providing administrative/secretarial services to individuals and businesses, including pick up and delivery. (802) 862-1024.

Gail Elvidge has established Vermont Nut Free Chocolates in Grand Isle, producing a variety of chocolates that have had no contact with any kind of nuts for people, particularly children, who are allergic to nuts. The company produces 1/2-pound and 1-pound boxes of a variety of truffles and cream-filled chocolates, as well as chocolate bars and novelty chocolates for holidays. The products are available by mail-order. (888) 688-3733 (nut free) http://members.aol.com/vtnutfree/home.html.

VT Lodging & Restaurant Association has established the Hospitality Human Resources Council for Vermont’s hospitality industry. It will develop a plan to enable employers to utilize various resources for finding employees to meet their needs. The council is comprised of individuals from all over the state representing hotels, resorts, restaurants, inns and B?. The plan is expected to be finalized in the spring.

March

Video King president Anthony Pellegrino announced the opening of the company's second superstore -- in the Grand Union Plaza on the Barre-Montpelier Road in Berlin. Video King is a video specialty store offering new releases, regular titles, games, and game systems. Other locations include Waterbury, Middlebury, St. Albans, and St. Johnsbury. Open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. (802) 476-8527.

Christopher Horton, CPA, has opened an accounting practice in Essex Junction. Christopher Horton, CPA, P.C., provides accounting, tax and bookkeeping services for individuals and small businesses. Horton was associated with Herrick Ltd. CPAs of Burlington since 1993, and was previously with Sharp Tax Advice Inc. of Burlington.

Mark R. Neagley and Thomas E. Chase have formed Neagley & Chase Construction Co. at 1150 Airport Drive, South Burlington. Neagley is founder and president of Neagley Construction Co. Chase is founder of Chase Property and Development Corp. and spent 24 years with Pizzagalli Construction Co. of South Burlington. Neagley is president of the new company; Chase is its chief executive officer. (802) 658-6320.

George T. Faris IV, announced the opening of the Law Offices of George T. Faris IV, in suite 200 at 2111 Shelburne Road in Shelburne. Faris practiced with the firm of Wilson Powell Lang & Faris in Burlington for the past 12 years, serving as managing director from 1989 to 1995. [email protected] (802) 985-5500.

Earl Wertheim has established a Mail Boxes Etc. store in the Essex Town Center, a new multi-use commercial center developed by Homestead Design in Essex. Wertheim is the Mail Boxes Etc. area franchisee: He also owns stores in Burlington and St. Albans. Mark R. Thibeault of Neville Companies, the leasing representative for Mail Boxes Etc. in Vermont, New Hampshire and New York, assisted in the leasing of the space.

Gallagher, Flynn & Co., PLC, in Burlington has opened an office at 63 Bridge St., Plattsburgh, N.Y. The firm provides auditing, tax and business consulting services. (518) 561-3836.

Green Mountain Volunteers, a non-profit organization in Montpelier, has been formed to recruit and train volunteers to support state and local officials during Vermont disasters. William Pollock is chairman of the board of directors. Andrea Zentz Seal is executive director. She has been a member of the Vermont press corp for more than a decade. [email protected] (802) 223-2311.

February

No new businesses appeared in the magazine, due to the special issue published February 1998: The Insiders' Guide to Greater Burlington Spring/Summer 1998

January

Apple Mountain Vermont Gifts & Specialty Foods has opened a store on the second floor of The Champlain Mill, Winooski. Steve Donahue of Redstone Commercial Group in Burlington represented The Champlain Mill in leasing 1,060 square feet of retail space to the business. This is Apple Mountain's second location, in addition to its 30 Church St., Burlington, store. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. (802) 654-7450.

David A. Jonah has established Jonah Creative Services Inc., a resource for design and printing services, at 2 Church St., Burlington. Jonah was office and production manager with QL Graphics for more than four years. Jonah Creative Services handles design and printing from simple brochures to large print runs. [email protected] 658-5603 (fax). (802) 658-8300.

RVS Enterprises, an Essex Junction marketing and technology firm, has established FocusWeb, a website development division. The company is owned by Ron and Victoria Sweet. www.rvsenterprises.com. (802) 879-7000.

The Vermont Cheese Council has been incorporated as a non-profit trade organization, with start-up financial support from the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund. The fund has approved $25,000 for the group. Participating cheese makers include Vermont Butter & Cheese Co. in Websterville, Cabot Creamery, and Grafton Village Cheese Co. Allison Hooper, Vermont Butter & Cheese Co. president, says the concept began last year when her company won an award from the U.S. Small Business Administration and celebrated with an all-Vermont cheesemakers festival. There are more than 20 cheesemakers in the state.

Dianne MaGee, Rachel Ouellette and Janet Brouard have established Forever Growing Children's Shop, a Vermont family owned business buying and selling new and slightly used children's clothes and accessories, in the A? Shopping Plaza, 62B Pearl St., Essex Junction. The store pays cash for all items accepted. Clothing must be in very good to excellent condition, in style and freshly laundered. Toys and furnishings must be complete. (802) 879-6838.

President Paul D. Mendelsohn announced that Windham Financial Services Inc. has relocated its corporate headquarters from West Dover to the Burlington Savings Bank building in downtown Burlington. The company is a full-service discount broker/dealer and registered investment adviser. The Burlington office houses the company's securities administrative operations, including trading, research, accounting, and customer service, and manages the firm's national and regional sales operations. The company leased 2,500 square feet of space at 148 College St. from Lang and Howell. Robert Marlowe of Hickok & Boardman Commercial Realty assisted the tenant with the transaction. Windham Financial also operates branches in Westport, Conn.; Ardsley, N.Y.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Plattsburgh, N.Y.; Brattleboro and West Dover. (802) 658-1155.

Cornerstone Propane Partners, L.P., of Watsonville, Calif., has established an office in Lakewood Commons, 1233 Shelburne Road, South Burlington. David R. Stroupe was hired as acquisitions manager to direct the company's growth initiatives in New England. Stroupe was vice president/chief operating officer of Green Mountain Propane Gas Co. in Richmond. Cornerstone Propane is the nation's fifth largest propane company, and serves more than 375,000 customers in 27 states. (802) 660-8336.

Charmaine Godin has established Rocking Around the Clock, a state certified child care facility, at 32 Pearl St., Essex Junction. The business offers 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week child care for infants through pre-schoolers. Godin was employed at IBM. Tony Blake of V/T Commercial assisted the property owners and Godin in opening the business. (802) 872-7100.