White River Junction’s Tip Top Cafe has become Thyme

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — After more than 15 years as a premiere dining destination in White River Junction VT, the Tip Top Café has changed its name to Thyme. To correspond with the name change, owner Eileen McGuckin, who purchased the restaurant in 2013, will begin offering the summer menu. Hours and staff will remain the same. The new name is an acknowledgement that the restaurant has grown over the years in ways that make it more than a café. It has become a full-fledged restaurant with professional service and a sophisticated menu.

White + Burke negotiates lease in the Ethan Allen Shopping Center

BURLINGTON —  Tim Burke, of White + Burke Real Estate Investment Advisors, Inc. in Burlington is pleased to announce the signing of a lease for 1,200 sf with Burlington Telecom at the Ethan Allen Shopping Center on North Avenue in Burlington. Burke was the listing broker representing Hauke Building Supply, Inc. in the lease transaction. White + Burke Real Estate Investment Advisors specializes in commercial real estate development services, asset management, permitting, and brokerage.

Caliendo Joins Mobius’ statewide board of directors

BURLINGTON — Mobius is excited to announce the addition of Sarah Caliendo to its statewide Board of Directors. Caliendo brings a passion for supporting young people and seven years of experience in the youth mentoring field to the Mobius Board. “When I started my journey at DREAM I had no previous experience with mentoring, and wasn’t sure how effective it could be,” said Caliendo. “Since then, I’ve witnessed countless moments that prove the short and long-term positive impacts of mentoring, and with every example I feel more and more passionate about the power of this field. I’m really excited to join the Mobius Board and view it as a great opportunity to advocate for mentoring in the state of Vermont.”

For the past five years, Caliendo has served as the Vermont program director for the DREAM Program, a Village Mentoring organization that matches college students as mentors for youth living in local affordable housing communities.

Celebrate Rutland Young Professionals

Help us celebrate four years of RYP! Join us at Vermont Sport & Fitness as we highlight leadership transition within the organization and the Rutland region. Free and open to all. Guest speakers: Sara Gilbert, The Leadership Project and Dan Doenges, co-owner of Vermont Sport & Fitness

Apps by Noels Catering // Cash Bar // Door Prizes

*** FREE DAYCARE will be available during the mix ***

More info at www.rutlandyoungprofessionals.org

Free class on securing capital for businesses, July 14

Grow Your Business with Outside Capital
July 14, 2017
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
3rd Floor Classroom, 67 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT 05701

Consider all your options and secure the right kind of capital for your business. Business financing expert Janice St. Onge, President of the Flexible Capital Fund, L3C, will discuss financing options from the conventional to the creative for start-up, scale-up, and managed growth. The Flexible Capital Fund, L3C provides creative financing in the form of near equity capital to Vermont’s growth stage companies in strategic sectors. RSVP to sara@rutlandeconomy.com.

Pet Cage has new owner

Bennett Geovjian Crowley is the new owner of the Pet Cage, a pet food and supply store at the corner of Grove and Crescent Streets in Rutland. Ben brings his dog and cat experiences from previous employment at the Rutland Veterinary Clinic. The Pet Cage has served pet owners in the Rutland area for over 18 years. It is well known for a wide assortment of quality dog and cat foods as well as friendly small town service. Long term employees Lynn Blanchard and Sandy Creed round out Ben’s team as knowledgeable advisors.

Blodgett Oven sells Lakeside Avenue campus, buys facility in Essex

BURLINGTON —Blodgett Oven today announced the sale of its property on Lakeside Avenue in Burlington and the purchase of a manufacturing facility at 42 Allen Martin Drive, Essex, VT. The Middleby Corporation, parent company of Blodgett, executed the sale and purchase on Friday, June 23, 2017. Blodgett Oven was established in Burlington, VT in 1848 and produces award winning commercial convection and combi ovens as well as steam equipment under the brand names Blodgett and Market Forge. Blodgett has been at the Lakeside Avenue site since the 1940’s. “The purchase of a larger, more state of the art manufacturing facility will enable the Blodgett brands continued growth.

Synchronicity Web Designs opens satellite office in Jericho


June 2017 – Synchronicity Web Designs, a boutique marketing and development firm, has officially opened the doors of its satellite office in the town of Jericho, Vermont, located 20 minutes east of Burlington. Founded in Chittenden County in 1999, Sync moved operations to Charlotte, NC, in the mid-aughts to grow and expand its business footprint. Today, Synchronicity’s team is based in Charlotte with two additional satellite offices, including the newest in Vermont. Says Founder and Creative Director Randy Smith, “Vermont was such a natural choice for our next office. It’s close to family for my wife and myself, of course, but the state also has a really rich history in manufacturing which is an industry that has become integral to our business.” Synchronicity specializes in data-driven design and digital marketing for small- to medium-sized businesses, particularly B2B and manufacturing clients.

Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month shines light on impact of Alzheimer’s on caregivers


WILLISTON — New findings from an Alzheimer’s Association survey, released in conjunction with Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, show that while people overwhelmingly agree it often takes a village to provide care for someone living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, far too many caregivers are doing it alone. The survey found two out of three caregivers felt isolated or alone in their situation, and more than four in five caregivers would have liked more support with caregiving tasks, particularly from their family. To accommodate the needs of individuals who are unable to travel to a support group meeting site, the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter has launched a new telephone support group. Led by volunteer facilitators, the Vermont Telephone Caregiver Support Group is held monthly on the second Tuesday of each month from 4:00 – 5:30pm. To learn more or to register, please contact Pamela Beidler, Director of Programs and Outreach, at 802.316.3839, ext.

Upper Valley Aquatic Center solar project powers up

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION —The Upper Valley Aquatic Center (UVAC) and Norwich Solar Technologies (NST) have completed the commissioning of a 500-kilowatt solar project just down the road in Hartford, for the benefit of UVAC and its members and guests. The system was turned on May 23rd and is now producing power. So far it has produced 33,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity. Feeding into Green Mountain Power’s electricity network, this build is projected to save UVAC a substantial amount on electricity annually. “This is a terrific way for UVAC to add renewable electricity to the grid while saving a significant amount of money on its electricity budget.