RUTLAND — Betsy Franzoni has recently opened the new Franzoni Real Estate Company, located at 9 Center St., in downtown Rutland. Franzoni has been a real estate professional in central Vermont for many years, and has successfully brought a realistic, caring and honest approach to her real estate clients over her career. Franzoni takes great pleasure in bringing buyers and sellers together to accomplish their goals in a friendly, professional manner. Please stop in and see her, call her at 802-345-2896 or find her at franzonirealty.com.
Correspondent SOUTH BURLINGTON — The popular Church Street Tavern recently launched a sister restaurant, Tavern II, on Shelburne Road. The new business opened on Feb. 6 in space most recently occupied by Junior’s Rustico. “We opened a sister restaurant to serve some of our customers who wanted a bit of a different venue,” said Scott Michaud, who along with partners Stephen Parent and Mark Anair operates both restaurants. “We’re offering the exact same menu here as Church Street Tavern, but we are able to accommodate larger parties here.” Michaud described that menu as American pub fare, with an emphasis on quality with affordable pricing.
Staff writer BERLIN — Patients seeking one-stop shopping for treatment of an array of muscular and skeletal health issues need look no further than the new Central Vermont Medical Center Orthopedic Center. Situated in an office complex (next to Vermont Lottery) on the Barre-Montpelier Road, a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week finally called attention to the center’s opening in November, offering orthopedic services in sports and spine medicine and podiatry. This includes treatments for the hand, wrist, shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, ankle and foot. The center also has specialist sports medicine services and nonsurgical treatments such as injections (including ultrasound-guided shots), fracture care and casting, and care of sprains and strains, arthritis and wounds. Many of those services were previously dispersed at medical centers in Berlin, Montpelier and Waterbury, and patients would have to make multiple visits for complicated care or to access support services such as X-rays and lab testing.
Correspondent A goat that made life difficult for Roberta and Jason Parker became the namesake for their award-winning hot sauces and hot-pepper jams, produced under the name, the Angry Goat Pepper Co. The inspiration for making hot-pepper jams dates back to the couple’s honeymoon in Bermuda nine years ago, when they discovered street vendors selling hot pepper jellies. Jason Parker was instantly hooked by the new taste discovery and it stuck with him. Back in Vermont, he was ready to leave the corporate work world. The couple had been raising chickens and selling a few products for side income at a farmers market.
MIDDLEBURY — Historic New England has received a $2,500 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation Small and Inspiring grant program, and a $1,000 grant from the Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement program for its latest Vermont Everyone’s History project. The Williston branch of Yankee Farm Credit also provided $100 toward the project. Historic New England will partner with two local granges: Middle Branch Grange in East Bethel and Riverside Grange in West Topsham, to create a 30-minute film celebrating the role of granges in Vermont’s agricultural heritage and their continuing relevance. The film will include oral histories from grange members, archival images and footage of present-day grange events. It will screen in grange communities around the state and air on local cable access stations.
CAVENDISH — Denise Gebroe has worked hard to get here, and now she’s inviting the public to help her celebrate. Today, Gebroe plans to launch her new business, DG Bodyworks, with an official grand opening at her 7 Depot St. location in Cavendish. Gebroe is a licensed massage therapist and certified personal trainer. She will use DG Bodyworks as a community center that offers yoga, conditioning, strength training and dance.
BURLINGTON — Kimberly Abruntilla launched Hendrix Boutique on Church Street this summer, offering women’s luxury clothing and making a conscious commitment to her community. This is the first business venture for Abruntilla, who graduated with a business degree from St. Michael’s College earlier this year, but the entrepreneurial drive is not new. “I’ve wanted to do this since I was a little girl, so I did it right out of college,” Abruntilla said. “Life is short — why not start my dream now?” Located in a second-floor shop above Ken’s Pizza, Hendrix offers women’s fashions from designers based in New York, Miami, California and Australia.
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.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Engine Room Coworking, a co-working space in downtown White River Junction, launched last month. It is all about the freelancer, the startup, the independent creative type, the developer — you name the profession, they’re working together under one roof. Engine Room Coworking is a partnership between Tip Top Pottery owner Amy Robb and local redeveloper Mike Davidson. The 6,000-square-foot co-working space is located at the end of the Freight House, formerly known as the Tupelo Music Hall. The space has been restored — the rustic and industrial mix is the perfect backdrop to foster communal networking, like-minded professionalism and community.
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.”