Dan Cypress and Jessica Bridge are the owners of Element Real Estate, which recently opened in downtown Burlington.

Boutique real estate office debuts in Burlington

BURLINGTON — Element Real Estate opened an office in downtown Burlington earlier this year, when owners Jessica Bridge and Dan Cypress thought the time was right to launch their own boutique real estate firm. The residential Realtors got a refreshed company logo and acquired space at 139 Bank Street, a location that has previously housed a dry cleaner, art store and gallery, among others. “We’ve been business partners for 10 years,” Cypress said. “We started at RE/MAX together, and worked together the entire time.” The two were initially on a team at RE/MAX North Professionals and, after about two years, formed and began building their own team. This past spring, Bridge and Cypress decided to leave RE/MAX to open their own office with their team.

Taxidermist Steve Bushey takes measurements at his shop in St. Albans.

Taxidermists are key for the hunting economy

ST. ALBANS — Milton resident Ed Poirier handed the white trash bag filled with antlers and innards to Steve Bushey, and told Bushey the story of how he bagged that huge, 11-point buck out in Kentucky, in early November.
Bushey is used to this by now — and he loves it.
“This is the crazy time of year, but it’s the great time of year,” said Bushey, owner of Top of The Knoll Taxidermy, in St. Albans.

Various creative designs decorate the products of Collective Arts Brewing.

Ontario brewery puts art in your hands

Collective Arts Brewing is bringing a unique experience to beer drinkers in Vermont. The brewery features original works from emerging visual artists and musicians on its bottles, cans and coasters. Ordering a brew, like their Stranger Than Fiction Porter, State of Mind Session IPA or Saint of Circumstance Citrus Blonde Ale, puts art right into your hand. Drinkers can scan the artwork on their can or coaster with a free mobile phone app called Blippar to hear music, see videos and view artist bios. Matt Johnston, of Ontario, Canada, where the brewery is located, and Bob Russell, of Stowe, founded the dual-country Collective Arts Brewing on a belief in creativity, expressed both through craft beer and art.

Jude Smith Rachele and Rollin Rachele are shown after winning Rutland-area part of the Fresh Tracks Road Pitch earlier this year.

Clustas product is becoming reality

A new fitness product that won the Rutland-area part of the Fresh Tracks Road Pitch earlier this year is entering the manufacturing process, following a successful crowdfunding campaign. Clustas, created by Rollin Rachele, is a portable weight-training system meant to provide a fitness option for everyone, including disabled people or those rehabilitating from injury. Rachele and his wife, Jude Smith Rachele, who is the chief operating officer for Clustas, are originally from the United States but spent many years in Europe before moving to Vermont. They now live in Sunderland. The seed for the Clustas idea was planted after Rollin Rachele’s mother was in a serious accident, and he wanted to create something that would allow her to safely exercise while she was undergoing rehab.

The front of The Venue located on Wales Street in Rutland.

Pub’s new name honors musical connection

RUTLAND — Ryan Greeno, owner of Pub 42 on Wales Street in Rutland, was spotted up on a ladder recently, leaning out to scrub off the vinyl where the logo for Pub 42 has been displayed for years. Greeno was getting ready for the unveiling a new sign with a new name for his venue.

Gwen Pokalo, the program manager of the Vermont Center for Women & Enterprise, is shown at CWE’s new office in Burlington.

Center for Women & Enterprise opens new resource center

BURLINGTON — The Center for Women & Enterprise, a regional nonprofit economic development organization, has opened its office in the Maltex Building in Burlington’s South End. Gwen Pokalo, program manager of Vermont CWE, said the office will house the Vermont Women’s Business Center, which is federally funded through a Small Business Administration (SBA) grant. The grant funds a center to provide technical assistance to businesses throughout every stage of development. Vermont is the newest office for CWE, which also operates centers in Boston, Central Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. CWE was founded in 1995 in Boston.

Christina Ubl

Is your money invested where your values are?

If you have ever recycled at home, avoided products made overseas by sweatshop labor, grown your own vegetables, supported gender and racial diversity, or owned a fuel-efficient car, then you may be surprised to discover your investments can be working against your values. Do you know what’s in your portfolio? How can you find out what your money is supporting? Old and new values investing
Evaluating your portfolio using traditional socially responsible investing or SRI analysis has been around for a long time. The process involves an investment style that includes or excludes companies in a portfolio based on screens using social, moral, ethical and religious criteria.

Dave Burbo of Smokin’ Butt’s Bar-B-Q prepares some orders in the kitchen at 14th Star Brewery.

BBQ business finds happy home at 14th Star Brewery

ST. ALBANS — Chad Spooner was one of the first people in the fast-growing line at Smokin’ Butt’s Bar-B-Q here on a recent Friday evening.

Spooner, a St. Albans resident and city councilman, has quickly become a fan of Smokin’ Butt’s pork, chicken and beef brisket menu.

“The pulled pork and chicken at Smokin’ Butt’s were both very succulent, with the perfect amount of flavoring, and the fries the meat was covering were thick and tender,” Spooner said.

As a city councilman, Spooner has other reasons to appreciate Smokin’ Butt’s new presence in St. Albans.

“An authentic BBQ establishment in downtown St. Albans will fill a void, and offer an option for those searching for something distinctively different,” Spooner said. “Located within one of St. Albans’ main attractions, 14th Star Brewery, combines BBQ and beer for a win-win situation.”


Conquer fear, unlock your best ideas

Your mind is a concrete block. Behind it, you’re pretty sure there are ideas — great ones, perhaps — but freeing them, well, good luck. You’re stuck, your brain is stuck, your career is stuck, and you wish you could get out of your own way so you can move ahead. So read “Let Me Out” by Peter Himmelman, and break through the wall.


Rutland native starts Burlington law firm

BURLINGTON — Rich Cassidy’s passion for the law was first sparked in 1970, when he was volunteering for former Vermont Governor Phil Hoff’s run for the U.S. Senate as an anti-war candidate. Amid all the controversy surrounding the Vietnam War, Cassidy said he learned about the wide impact the law could have, and that it could be “a tool for making the world a better place.”