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June 27th, 2016

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Taking It Up a Notch at the Coffee Corner

Perhaps Montpelier’s longest running restaurant (at least with the same name) and a favorite for affordable breakfast and lunch seven days a week, the Coffee Corner at 83 Main St. has also solved many of the local, state and national problems from its strategic location in the heart of the city. Owners Michael Raymond and Sean Ward knew that they h...

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Vermont Bicycle Shop Opens in Barre

  By Aaron Retherford Darren Ohl had been working toward this moment for the greater part of his adult life. He found his calling early in life and the fruits of his labor became evident when he cut the ribbon outside the Vermont Bicycle Shop Friday morning. Ever since Ohl and his wife, Ginger, moved to Barre, he said everything has pretty much fal...

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New Ownership at Interior Creations

Interior Creations Kitchen & Bath Showcase in Barre announced that Owner/Designer Richard Fournier has retired. “Rick” will be starting a new chapter of his life with his wife, Cheryl, and moving to South Carolina. Fournier created and opened Interior Creations in 1992 and has serviced central Vermont and beyond for 42 years with pride and int...

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Dark Chocolate with a Liberal Amount of Sea Salt

By Aaron Retherford A little salty is a pretty good way to describe Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ personality at times. So when Nutty Steph’s founder Jaquelyn Rieke decided to create a chocolate bar in order to support his presidential campaign, she fittingly chose one of the more popular flavor combinations – dark chocolate and sea salt. Vote Be...

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Surprise! Maria’s Bagels Enjoys Big Success In Barre

It really should not have been a surprise to anyone when Maria’s Bagels opened in downtown Barre last October and received instant success from customers and the administration of other fellow Barre businesses – not when you take into account the hard work and determination of owner, Dustin Poitras and staff. But here’s what is surprising: First, M...

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One-Stop Shopping at Everything Bridal & Everything Tuxedo in Barre

“Everything Bridal & Everything Tuxedo in Barre brings you the convenience of having two stores under the same roof,” say owners Nathan and Aimee Ross. “We have a huge selection of bridal and prom gowns, as well as a full line of tuxedo and suit rentals available, which we think is a little unique to Central Vermont and West Lebanon and Clarem...

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New Barre ReSource Store Manager Always Looking to “Give Back” to Community

Bob Kershaw has always been the kind of guy who stands up for the underdog and looks to give back to his community, which is just what the ReSOURCE Nonprofit store in Barre needed. “A perfect fit,” said Kershaw, who had volunteered at the Barre location for six months­—after being one of those customers who visits daily—before accepting the positio...

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Hilltop Inn Of Vermont Announces Exciting Changes

Nearly three quarters of a million dollars in renovations are underway at the Hilltop Inn of Vermont located at the “hospital hill” intersection in Berlin. And quite possibly an exciting new franchise owner will be announced in the coming months. “This will be a good thing for the hotel and the growing central Vermont destination market,” said mana...

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Help Fund a Community Bike Revolution

By Aaron Retherford By this coming April, Barre will be home to the Vermont Bicycle Shop. Owner Darren Ohl has experience working at bicycle shops in nearly every corner of the United States – a passion that formed as a child. While he’s dreamed of opening up his own shop for years, he doubted it would become a reality. But once he and his wife, Gi...

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Bob’s Camera & Video Has New Owner with New Excitement

Kaitlyn Mesler, an employee at the highly respected Bob’s Camera & Video in downtown Barre, has become its new owner. Bob Sager, who started the camera and photo accessory business in 1986 with wife, Susan, is 68 today and “needed to retire.” “I did not want to just close the store, but possibilities to sell were not materializing,” explained...

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